Each year, Members of the United States Congress are asked to nominate young men and women for one of the service academies, which include the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and US Military Academy at West Point. The nomination process helps ensure that a wide range of students from across the nation attend the academies. Members of Congress are permitted to nominate 10 outstanding individuals from his or her district for each academy. Without a doubt, the service academies are among the finest schools in our great nation. Not only do they teach academics, they instill discipline, commitment and leadership in the young Americans who attend. Because competition is very keen, it is wise for interested persons to apply for all academies in which they have a sincere interest. It is also recommended that they utilize all application channels for which they are eligible. An individual may be nominated by more than one nominating authority and/or to more than one academy.

The service academies look for a well-rounded individual. Therefore academic qualifications, test scores and leadership abilities are all weighed. Applicants must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed their 23rd birthday, must be a United States citizen, and must be unmarried, not pregnant, and have no legal obligation to support children or other dependents. After a congressional nomination is made, it is then up to the individual academies to make the final decision on whether or not a nominee receives an appointment. When that decision comes and the applicant has succeeded in receiving an appointment, the real test begins. Those attending the academies will report in the summer prior to their freshman year to begin an intensive basic training program before embarking on an intense and gratifying four-year education.

For more information on the academies themselves and other programs offered, visit their web sites. Just click on the academy of your choice!

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