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January 8, 2014

Senator announces 2 local service academy nominations

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Sen. Joe Donnelly announced his nominations for admittance to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colo., and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y. Out of the 128 nomination requests he received, Donnelly was able to nominate 10 students per academy. Among those nominated were: Ben Delaney, Charlestown, to the U.S. Air Force Academy and Tanner Cook, Floyds Knobs, to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

“It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to nominate these outstanding young Hoosiers to our nation’s service academies,” Donnelly said in a press release. “If accepted, these young men and women will receive a top-quality education and will be prepared for successful careers as officers in our military. I want to thank everyone who applied for their desire to serve our country.”

The individuals chosen were evaluated using a competitive system recommended by the academies. The selection process includes a personal interview by Donnelly’s Service Academy Nominations Committee and a thorough review of the applicant’s essays, academic records, letters of recommendation, community involvement, character and leadership experience.

A congressional nomination is not a guarantee of admission. The final decision will be made by the academy itself following a “whole-person” evaluation that considers a candidate’s character, scholarship, leadership, physical aptitude, medical fitness, goals and motivation, according to the release.

To apply next year or in the years ahead for a service academy, visit Donnelly’s website at for more information.


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