Dancer bill issuing state flags to residents accepted to U.S. service academies advances to governor’s desk

Dancer bill issuing state flags to residents accepted to U.S. service academies advances to governor’s desk

Ron Dancer

TRENTON, N.J. – Following today’s Assembly vote, a bill (A4233) requiring the Adjutant General to issue state flags to all residents enrolling in one of the five federal service academies will go to Gov. Murphy for his signature.

“We are so proud of the young men and women from New Jersey who earn acceptance into one of the nation’s prestigious service academies,” said Assemblyman Ron Dancer, a prime sponsor of the bill.

Acceptance rates for the United States Military, Naval, Air Force, Merchant Marine, and Coast Guard academies range from 9 to 18 percent. Applicants for every academy, except the Coast Guard, need a nomination from the vice president or a member of Congress. In exchange for free tuition, applicants must commit to military service after graduation.

“No matter where their service takes them, home will always be New Jersey. I hope that ‘liberty and prosperity’ reminds them of our state’s gratitude for their commitment to defending our country, and I hope they fly it proudly,” said Dancer (R-Ocean).

The Senate passed the bill unanimously in October.