THS’ NJROTC Cadet Ensign Michael A. Rogers received a tremendous Christmas present. He learned Dec. 23 that he has been appointed to the United States Naval Academy and will be afforded a four-year degree and commission as an officer in the United States Navy.
LtJG. Rogers is one of three individuals Congressman Jody Hice (Ga-10) nominated who received offers for appointment to United States service academies. Each year, Hice nominates eligible candidates to the United States Military (USMA), Naval (USNA), Merchant Marine (USMMA), and Air Force (USAFA) academies to prepare to become commissioned officers in the United States Armed Forces.
According to NJROTC LCDR Brian Swanson, senior naval science instructor at Thomson High School, Rogers is the first cadet and first Thomson High School student to receive a naval academy appointment. “We are proud of Rogers and this appointment. We are sure that he will do well when he goes into the Navy,” Swanson said. “We are sure that he will represent Thomson High School and McDuffie County very well there.”
Rogers has always been interested in the Navy and a naval career. “This appointment is an honor, obviously,” he said. “Being the only THS student to achieve this has nothing to do with it. I strove to join the Naval Academy,” Rogers said. It is his hope that more students pursue the same or similar goal.
The congressman announced Rogers’ name for appointment to the service academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and the names of the 21 other men and women he nominated for appointment to United States Service Academies on Jan. 8, but Rogers had already been contacted by the Naval Academy Dec. 23. “I was shocked to receive the news in December because it is usually made in January,” Rogers said.
Hice’s nominations are based upon the recommendation of an independent academic advisory board. Students who attend one of the service academies commit to serving at least five years in their respective military branch upon graduation.
“The caliber of students nominated to our United States Service Academies gives me great confidence in the future of our Armed Forces,” said Congressman Hice in a Jan. 8 statement. “Not only does each nominee exemplify the best attributes of character, leadership, scholarship, and physical fitness, but they also possess the proper motivation for service. I’m thrilled to congratulate Maggie Curran, Stan Lacksen, and Michael Rogers, who are the first of my nominees this year to receive Academy appointments, and I look forward to the announcement of many more over the coming months.”