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Senators seek military service applications

U.S. Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar’s offices are now accepting applications from young Minnesotans interested in attending one of the nation’s four military service academies, including the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

In order to attend a service academy, candidates must be nominated by a member of Congress. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1.

“Each year, I’m proud to nominate several talented Minnesotans to our four U.S. Military Service Academies,” Franken said. “I’m happy to assist eligible Minnesotans in the nomination process, and I look forward to helping our future leaders seek admission to these prestigious academies.”

“Each year it is my honor to nominate some of Minnesota’s most talented and skilled young people for selection to attend our four service academies,” Klobuchar said. “I look forward to helping this year’s applicants as they pursue entry into these distinguished institutions and begin their careers of service to this country.”

To be considered for an appointment to a service academy, an applicant must meet the eligibility requirements established by law. An applicant’s academic record, extracurricular and athletic activities, physical aptitude, leadership ability, and medical qualifications are all considered.

You can view specific requirements and download an application at

To be considered for a nomination, send a completed application to Sen. Al Franken, Attn. Nominations Coordinator, 60 Plato Boulevard East, Suite 220, St. Paul, MN 55107 or by email to

For Klobuchar’s office, send a completed application to 1200 Washington Avenue South, Suite 250, Minneapolis, MN, 55415.

For the academy classes entering in the summer of 2014 and graduating in 2018, the deadline for applying is Nov. 1 at 5 p.m.