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

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) is currently accepting applications from high school seniors who are looking to attend a U.S. service academy after graduation.

“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 service academies.”

Applications for the 2023-2024 freshman class (Class of 2027) are due by October 1, 2022. 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 Marine Academy. Those interested in learning about the academy application process can reach out to Senator Rounds’ Sioux Falls office at (605) 336-0486 or

An informational packet and the application packet can be found on Senator Rounds’ website at