BOWLING GREEN, KY --Hundreds of area high school students and parents gathered tonight for a U.S. Service Academy Fair hosted by Congressman Brett Guthrie and Senator Rand Paul.
It wasn't too long ago, Congressman Brett Guthrie was in these students shoes.
"I had the opportunity to attend West Point, so I know how difficult the process is. It's a legal process. It goes back a couple hundred years, and to apply to West Point, you have to receive a nomination from your member of congress," said Congressman Guthrie.
The West Point alum and Sen. Rand Paul now have the task of selecting potential nominees for the academies.
"What we do, is we get some different veterans together, and we get them to give us advice, and they look through all the applications. Ultimately, you have to have good grades to get into the academy. You have to score pretty well on your test, and they also look for leadership," said Sen. Paul.
Tonight was a rare chance for families and applicants to meet the men who have to nominate them.
"We talk to families, moms and dads, sons and daughters about the process, how we interact in the process, and what to expect, and then we have service officers from each academy that are here tonight to make sure they can explain what's going on in the process at the academies," said Congressman Guthrie.
Both Congressman Guthrie and Sen. Paul say it's an honor to help select those who serve our country.
"They are entering a time when our nation is at war, and it just says a little more about their character and willingness to serve," said Congressman Guthrie.
"We have a completely voluntary army and it's great that we can defend our freedoms simply from people that are willing to step forward and out their life on the line for our country," said Sen. Paul.
Sen. Paul says out of numerous requests, he and Congressman Guthrie must each choose only ten students from their districts to nominate for each academy and of those, not all are accepted.