Each branch of service, the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Air Force, and the Coast Guard, has it's own academy and each year, hundreds of men and women graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree.
The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York is maintained by the Department of the Army to educate and train officers for duty in the Army. Upon graduation, West Point cadets enter active duty as second lieutenants and are expected to serve for at least five years.
The United States Naval Academy is located in Annapolis, Maryland. It was founded in 1845 to educate young men and women to become officers in the Navy and the Marines. Graduates are commissioned as ensigns in the Navy or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps and are expected to serve at least five years.
The United States Air Force Academy, a unit of the Department of the Air Force, was established in 1954 to educate and train officers for the Air Force. Cadets who become pilots are committed to serve at least 10 years in the Air Force. Navigators must commit to serve at least 6 years.
The United States Coast Guard Academy began formal training for cadets in 1876 and since 1932, the academy has been located at New London, Connecticut. It has a four year curriculum and after graduation, cadets are commissioned as ensigns and are expected to serve in the Coast Guard for at least 5 years.
Getting accepted at one of these academies is tough, but not impossible. The academies look for the best students with high ACT and SAT scores and high recommendations from your high school faculty.
The academies look at the type of courses you take in high school such as four years of English, algebra, trigonometry, and geometry, literature, grammar, and speech.
At least two years of foreign language is required, as well as two years of laboratory sciences such as physics and chemistry.
You must be at least 17 years old and no older than 23, a U.S. citizen, unmarried, and have no dependent children.
To enter a service academy, you must be appointed by either your senator, congressional representative, the president or the vice president.
Your guidance counselor can help you make the necessary contacts or contact your senator's office or your congressman's office. It is wise to seek appointments through each office, including the president's and the vice president's.
Note: You don't need to be appointed to the Coast Guard Academy to be accepted. Acceptance is based on your own merits.
Tuition is free at all service academies, except for an advance deposit for the first cost of uniforms and supplies. After that, everything is free, including room and board.
A monthly salary is given for personal expenses and medical and dental care coverage is free.
Military academies rank high with the best civilian colleges in the country and always provide academic excellence.
For more information on travel in the military, contact your local Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine, and Air Force military recruiting center.
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