The service academies represent the military's most outstanding opportunity.
Graduates of a military academy not only receive a free state-of-the-art
education, but are considered "elite," not only within the military
itself, but also in the private sector. To put it bluntly: There are
not many academy graduates on the streets; they do very well in all
environments. The education provided is outstanding and personalized.
Most classrooms accommodate small class sessions of 12 to 20 students.
Not all instruction takes place on the grounds of the academies-training
ships, planes, and other military hardware are utilized at various locations
as part of the learning process.
The military academies do not charge for tuition; the cost, including
room, board, and medical and dental care, is borne entirely by the U.S.
government. In addition, most candidates receive a monthly salary to
pay for supplies, clothing, and personal expenses. Prior to admission,
most academies require candidates to deposit approximately $2,500 to
help defray the initial cost of uniforms and supplies.
have basic eligibility
2. obtain a nomination
3. qualify scholastically
4. qualify medically
5. qualify physically
6. be selected for an appointment
||U.S. citizen Unmarried
Not be pregnant or have a legal obligation to support a child or
||Must be in good physical
and mental health Must be able to pass a Department of Defense Medical
Examination Review Board medical examination
||Must be able to pass
the Physical Aptitude Examination (PAE)
Candidates to the military academies are required (by law) to have a
nomination to attend a particular academy; the only exception is the
U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where entrance is by merit only. Since the
nomination process is lengthy, you should seek a nomination as early
as possible. To increase your chances of being selected, you should
apply for a nomination from your U.S. Representative, your two U.S.
Senators, and the Vice-President of the United States. They may nominate
up to ten candidates for each vacancy. Vacancies occur when cadets graduate
or leave prior to graduation. You also may be eligible for a nomination
in one or more of the military-affiliated categories. Most members of
Congress do not accept requests for nominations after October, so you
should contact them in the spring semester of your junior year (sample
letters have been includ ed at the end of this chapter).
The authorized appointments are at maximum strength for each nomination
category. Cumulative appointments are the total number available, of
which approximately one-third will enter each year.
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