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Military Academy Costs, Requirements, & Eligibility

Military Academies

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.

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Military Academy Costs
The military academies do not charge for tuition;
Military Academy 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.

Basic Admissions Process
The candidate must:

* Have basic eligibility
* Obtain a nomination
* Qualify scholastically
* Qualify medically
* Qualify physically
* Be selected for an appointment

Basic Eligibility Military Academy Requirements:

* Age: 17-23
* Status: U.S. citizen Unmarried Not be pregnant
or have a legal obligation to support a child
or children
* Medical: Must be in good physical and mental
health Must be able to pass a Department of
Defense Medical Examination Review Board medical
* Physical: Must be able to pass the Physical
Aptitude Examination (PAE)

Nomination Process
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 included at the end of this

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