HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of high school students from across the state were in Hattiesburg Saturday morning to learn more about the requirements needed for attending the nation's military academies. An annual Academy Day at Southern Miss was hosted by Congressman Steven Palazzo's office.
As part of the event, students interested in attending a service academy met one-on-one with academy representatives. Their advice to students...get started right away if you're thinking about applying to any of the academies.
"There are so many steps they make to get in...they want the ones who are right now getting their physicals done, they're doing the basketball throws, the sprints and they have all that paperwork done," said Midshipman Andrew Mueller of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
"Mainly since my 7th grade year, I've wanted to be in the military and it's just gone on from there," said Benjamin Durham, a 9th grade student at Harrison Central High School. "I've had special interests, I have best friends in several different branches," he said.
"I really like that all of us have the opportunity to meet all these different people from other branches," said Kysam Moody, a 10th grade student at Laurel High School.
Representatives from Southern Miss' ROTC department and The Citadel also attended.