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Rounds Encourages High School Seniors to Submit Applications for Nomination to U.S. Service Academies

PIERRE—U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) announced that all nomination applications to our nation’s service academies for the fall 2022 semester are due by October 1, 2021.

“Each year, I am honored to nominate our nation’s future military leaders to U.S. service academies,” said Rounds. “By attending an academy, not only will students have the opportunity to serve our nation and help lead the best military in the world, but they will receive an excellent education at a top-notch institution. I encourage young South Dakotans looking to answer the call of duty to consider applying to one of our military academies.”

Applications for the 2022-2023 freshman class (Class of 2026) are due October 1, 2021. Nominations are available for the following institutions: the United States Air Force Academy, United States Military Academy at West Point, United States Naval Academy at Annapolis and United States Merchant Marines Academy. Those interested in learning about the academy application process can reach out to Tyler Tordsen in our Sioux Falls office at or call (605) 336-0486. An informational packet and the application packet can be found on our website,