NEWARK — On Monday, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) hosted a military service academy day for high school sophomores and juniors from schools across the state. The informational session, held at Passaic High School, was designed to educate urban New Jersey students about the service academies. Military academy graduates are placed on a leadership track upon graduation, and though the military has made minority recruitment a priority, the Military Leadership Diversity Commission recommends additional steps be taken to bolster diversity among the leadership ranks.
“Our nation’s service academies provide unique educational and career opportunities for New Jersey high school students, and we are working to ensure that all of our students are fully informed about these schools and have a fair chance to attend,” said Lautenberg. “As an Army veteran, I have a special appreciation for our service academies and take great pride in nominating dedicated New Jerseys students from all over the state.”
Passaic High School is home to one of the region’s top Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) programs. Comprised of more 300 cadets, the Passaic High School NJROTC unit has received the Navy’s Distinguished Unit Award five times and plans to recruit up to 500 cadets by 2014.
There are five U.S. Service Academies: the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. All of the academies, with the exception of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, require applicants to be nominated by a member of Congress, or other specified individual. Lautenberg can submit a limited number of nominations to each service academy, and accepts applications each year from interested candidates. For those interested in attending a service academy starting in the 2013-2014 academic year, the application deadline for a nomination is Oct.15.
Additional information can be found on Sen. Lautenberg’s website: http://lautenberg.senate.gov/services/nominations1.cfm.
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