Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, recently announced a forum for students in the 23rd Congressional District interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy will be held Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at the Kern County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 1115 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield.

“Students interested in serving our nation while seeking to further excel in their leadership, rise to a great challenge, and achieve an outstanding education make great candidates for our nation’s Service Academies,” wrote McCarthy in a news release. “I am amazed each year at the interest and awesome talent of local students choosing to pursue this opportunity.”

The application process to receive a congressional nomination to one of the five academies will be presented, in addition to briefings and video presentations by McCarthy and the Service Academy liaison officers.

“The forum offers students and parents the chance to learn more about the application process, academy life and career opportunities within the various branches of the military,” wrote McCarthy. “I encourage anyone who is interested to come out and learn more.”

Academy liaison officers from the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will provide information on life at an academy. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy offers appointments solely on the basis of a nationwide merit-based competition, and there is no congressional nomination required.

Interested students and families may RSVP by email at RSVP.McCarthy@mail.house.gov or by calling the Bakersfield office at 661- 327-3611.