How To Apply




SIGN UP NOW !! ==> Next Class will Start July 13th and 14th 2016!

Applications are now being accepted for the class that will begin July 13th & 14th 2016.  

Applications are accepted on a first come first served basis.  Please contact your Regional Coordinator if you have any questions or problems and to schedule your orientation.

Download and read the step by step application guide here: Application Guide. Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements.

The following correct and complete documentation is required in each registration packet in order to issue acceptance to the program (click on the title to view and print):

   * Application for Admission (Must Be Notarized)
   * Release of Information Form
   * Race and Nationality Form
   * Self Identification of Handicap
   * Petition for Reinstatement of Records
   * If on probation for Juvenile Offense: Probation Officer Form
   * If under Department of Children and Family Services: DCFS Form
   * If convicted of two or more offenses Juvenile or Adult: Request For Waiver with the following documents 4 letters of recommendation from community members, letter from applicant about charges and how he/she will not allow the behavior to happen again. (If unsure check with regional coordinator)
   * Complete Mentor Application (if unable to locate a mentor contact your regional coordinator)
   * Copy of Birth Certificate (Not Original)
   * Copy of Social Security Card (Not Original)
   * Copy of State Identification Card or Driver's License From State of Illinois
   * Drop Slip or Withdrawal Letter From School (Home School Requires a Statement by Parent Notarized)
   * Transcript From High School Attended
   * Individual Education Plan (IEP) If In Program in High School
   * Legal Aliens Require Copy of VISA
   * A copy of the up to date immunization record
   * Copy of Insurance (proof of medical coverage)

NOTE!: All applicants are required to attend a session on "Orientation to Lincoln's Challenge Academy" to be determined by the Regional Coordinator in your region.

Submit these documents to Lincoln's Challenge Academy regional office nearest you:

Chicago Metro Area
Donnelly Armory
1910 S. Calumet
Chicago, IL 60616

Chicago Suburbs
North Riverside Armory
8660 Cermak Road
North Riverside, IL 60546

Central Illinois
LCA Springfield
100 N. 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62702


Decatur Armory
5550 Ocean Trail Rd.
Decatur, IL 62521

Southern Illinois
East St. Louis Armory
2931 State Street
East St. Louis, IL 62205

Northwestern Illinois
Army Aviation Support Facility #3
2323 S. Airport Road
Peoria, IL 61607

East Central Illinois
205 Dodge Avenue
Rantoul, Illinois 61866