September 22, 2018

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson Hosts Military Academy Day

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-05) welcomed more than 50 students and their parents to the 2018 Military Academy Day in Tallahassee on Saturday, September 22.

The event was open to middle and high school students interested in learning more about the nation’s service academies, which include U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. There were also representatives from Florida A&M University’s ROTC programs in attendance who discussed local options with the students.

“I was pleased with the number of students who took advantage of the opportunity to meet with the recruiters and gain the necessary information on how to continue their education at one of our U.S. Service academies,” Rep. Lawson said. “These academies offer students a top-notch education and the opportunity to be a commissioned officer in the United States military.”

A candidate seeking nomination from a member of the U.S. House of Representatives must receive his or her nomination from the district representative. Nominations may also come from U.S. senators, vice president of the United States and the president of the United States. The honor of attending a service academy comes with the responsibility and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation.

Last year, with nominations from Rep. Lawson, six students were selected as cadets for the nation’s five military academies. They were: Darius Jansen, Amari Jaquay and Reginald Maffett III (U.S. Air Force Academy), Alexander Sobeski (Military Academy at West Point), Carina Richardson (U.S. Naval Academy) Michael Flores (U.S. Merchant Marines).

For more information about the Military Academy and the nomination process, please visit