PEORIA, IL – Congressman Darin LaHood (IL-18) today unveiled a Military Service Academy Virtual Program on his website. Since joining Congress, Rep. LaHood has held annual Military Service Academy Programs in person for high school students interested in receiving a nomination to one of the United States Military Service Academies. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the normal Military Service Academy Programs have been moved into an online program.

The website, which can be viewed here, provides students, parents, and guidance counselors the opportunity to learn more about the individual institutions and the requirements for admission to each academy. Service academies offer fully-funded, four-year education that is estimated at a value of $300,000.

“Each year, it is inspiring to meet with so many young men and women looking for the opportunity to attend one of our prestigious military academies and who are passionate about serving our country. Service Academy Programs provide a great first step for prospective cadets to learn about and prepare for the interview and application process, including the requirements for Congressional nomination. While we cannot have our normal Service Academy Program this year, I look forward to meeting the next group of young leaders ready to build upon the strong tradition of representation the 18th District currently holds throughout our military academies,” said Rep. LaHood.

For students or parents interested in learning more about Service Academy Nominations, please contact Mike Gilmore at All media requests should be directed to John Rauber at