HARTFORD—U.S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and U.S. Representatives John Larson (D-Conn.-01), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.-02), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.-03), Jim Himes (D-Conn-04), and Jahana Hayes (D-Conn-05) on Wednesday announced their offices will host an informational session for Connecticut high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors to learn more about the process to apply for the Military Service Academies.

The info session will be held on Friday, May 17, 2024 at 6 p.m. at the East Hartford Cultural Community Center located at 50 Chapman Place, East Hartford.

Interested students will have the opportunity to hear from graduates of all five service academies, including the U.S. Coast Guard Academy which does not require a Congressional nomination, and learn about the application and selection process. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

High school students interested in applying to the United States’ service academies must interview for a nomination through their state’s Congressional offices as a part of their respective service academy’s application process. Each year, Members of Congress nominate candidates for appointment to four of the nation's U.S. service academies: The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. Graduates are commissioned as officers in the active or reserve components of the military or Merchant Marine and serve for a minimum of five years.