WASHINGTON, D.C.— High school and college students from the Fourth Congressional District who are interested in attending a United States Service Academy are invited to Congressman Chris Smith’s Service Academy Information Night, to be held Thursday, April 18, 2019.
The event will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Naval Weapons Station Earle, 201 Highway 34 in Colts Neck, NJ. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Students, as well as parents, counselors and educators, who wish to learn about competing for a nomination to one of the Service Academies, are invited to attend.
Each of these institutions affords young men and young women military training and a collegiate educational opportunity that is free of financial obligation, provided the student graduates and fulfills his or her service obligation. The academies are:
• The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York
• The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland
• The U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, Colorado
• The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York
• The U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut.*
Due to base security restrictions, advance registration is required by April 12. To receive a registration form, please call (732) 780-3035. All attendees over 18 must present a photo ID, and all drivers must present a valid driver’s license, a copy of their auto insurance policy and vehicle registration.
With the exception of the Coast Guard Academy, which does not require a Congressional nomination, in order to attend a Service Academy students need both a nomination to the academy as well as acceptance into the academy. Members of the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, the Vice President and the President may nominate constituents for acceptance to the academies. Residents of New Jersey’s Fourth Congressional District, between ages 17 and 22 (ages 17-25 for the Merchant Marine Academy), who are U.S. citizens and are single with no dependents, can seek a nomination to one or more of the service academies through Congressman Smith’s office. Interested candidates can start the application process as early as the spring of their junior year in high school.
Nominations are available to those who reside in the District regardless of where they attend high school or college. The Fourth Congressional District encompasses 44 municipalities and includes parts of Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties. Municipalities in the Fourth District include:
• Mercer County—Hamilton and Robbinsville
• Ocean County—Bay Head, Jackson, Lakewood, Lakehurst, Manchester, Point Pleasant Beach, portions of Point Pleasant Borough and Plumsted
• Monmouth County—Allentown, Avon-By-The-Sea, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Brielle, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Englishtown, Fair Haven, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Holmdel, Howell, Lake Como, Little Silver, Manalapan, Manasquan, portions of Middletown, Millstone, Neptune City, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Roosevelt, Rumson, Sea Girt, Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Township, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Tinton Falls, Upper Freehold and Wall.
The informational seminar is free and open to the public, and advance registration is required. It will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m.; attendees should allow for 30 minutes to pass through security checkpoints at the NWS Earle gate.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: The following items are prohibited at Naval Weapons Station Earle: mace, pepper spray, or other defensive sprays or chemicals; knives, firearms, fireworks or any explosive; illegal drugs or paraphernalia; flammable liquids; club weapons; animals. All electronic devices are subject to examination for functionality. The U.S. Navy reserves the right to prohibit other items not listed above.
For more information contact Mrs. Jo Schloeder or Mrs. Jill Morales at Congressman Smith’s Freehold Constituent Service Center: (732) 780-3035.
*The U.S. Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination. Students may apply directly to the Academy.