Sen. Chris Coons opened the nominating process May 16 for young Delawareans who wish to apply to the nation’s service academies.

The deadline for class of 2022 submissions is Oct. 16.

To qualify, applicants must be unmarried U.S. citizens with no dependents; at least 17 years old but not past their 23rd birthday on the first of July of the year they wish to be admitted; and a resident of Delaware — the applicant, or their parents, must claim Delaware as their primary state of residence.

To apply online, visit bit.ly/2rnpRnA.

Applicants should contact the service academies in which they are interested to request an application by visiting the link provided..

For information or questions, call 736-5601 or email desiree_burritt@coons.senate.gov.