Service Academy Nominations
At a recent ceremony in the Vermont State House hosted by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced Service Academy nominations for 18 Vermonters.
In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said: “Applying for a service academy appointment is a rigorous process, and being nominated itself is an achievement. We are proud of the consistently high caliber of qualified applicants who step forward in Vermont to serve our country and to join our nation’s prestigious defense academies. They all make Vermont proud, and we wish them all the best as the academies now make their decisions.”
Applicants to 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 must be nominated by a member of Congress. Schmelzenbach was nominated by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). The Vermont Delegation collaborates on vetting candidates to be nominated, and the decision on acceptance will be made by the academy later this year.
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