Gabbard accepting nomination requests to academies

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is accepting nomination request letters from individuals in Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District to the U.S. service academies for the classes entering in the summer of 2014. Applicants can request a nomination form by visiting

The service academies include:

* Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.

* Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.

* West Point Military Academy, West Point, N.Y.

* Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y.

Coast Guard Academy admissions are based on a nationwide competition and do not require congressional nominations.

Potential candidates must have reached their 17th birthday but not passed their 23rd birthday on July 1 of the year they would enter the academy; be a U.S. citizen; have graduated from high school; be unmarried; have taken the ACT and/or SAT; and meet the entrance requirements of their preferred academy.

Although formal nominations will not be made until January, all applications are due by Thursday.

Applications can be submitted to: John Towles, Office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 5-104, Honolulu, 96850.

Constituents may also call the congresswoman’s Honolulu office at (808) 541-1986 for additional information.