By Johnny Jackson
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) has announced a statewide Military Academy Day event in coordination with the Georgia delegation on May 10.
The event, to be held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Atlanta, from 1-3 p.m., will help familiarize students with the application-and-nomination process for applying to the nation's five service academies.
"It's a super opportunity," said Lt. Col. Jay Cluelow, commander of Eagle's Landing High School's Navy JROTC. "Nothing but good things can come from this. It expounds on what we tell them here [in JROTC]."
Cluelow - who has had five former JROTC cadets attend two of the nation's service academies [three Naval Academy cadets and two Air Force Academy cadets] - said acceptance into a service academy is a great achievement, itself indicative of hard work and discipline.
"To get into the academy is not an easy chore," he said.
Academy applicants must be successful academically and physically to meet academy admission requirements. They also must receive a congressional nomination and recommendation as a part of the application process.
"It's a golden opportunity for the youngsters to get a great education," Cluelow added. The student-cadets typically repay their academy education in years of service to the U.S. military.
Representatives from all five academies as well as cadets and midshipmen will attend the May 10 event to explain more about their requirements and expectations and will be available to answer questions. The event is open to students grades eight through 12.
Along with Isakson, U.S. Representatives Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), and Tom Price (R-Ga.), will also participate in the event.
"I am honored to once again be able to offer this excellent opportunity to Georgia's youth," Isakson said. "Many of my former academy nominees have used this Academy Day to decide which service is the right choice for them."
Due to Dobbins' security restrictions, all attendees must make reservations and must present photo identification, vehicle registration and proof of auto insurance at the Cobb Parkway checkpoint for admittance. Anyone wanting to attend must provide their phone number, address and social security number by the registration deadline on Friday at 5 p.m.
Those interested in attending must make a reservation by contacting Nancy Brooks, Isakson's academy director, at (770) 661-0999 or register online at Senator Isakson's web site.
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