Military Academies

The five military academies are federal academies for the undergraduate education and training of commissioned officers for the United States Armed Services. Admission to these academies is very competitive. Once admitted, students receive a free undergraduate education and are committed to serve in the military as an officer upon graduation.

All of the academies except the US Coast Guard Academy require a congressional nomination as part of the application process. High school students must begin the application process and congressional nomination process in their junior year. Each academy lists detailed information on how to apply on their website. The websites for each academy are listed below.

The United States Service Academies

United States Military Academy (West Point) - located in New York

"Renowned as the world’s premier leader development institution, West Point accomplishes its mission by developing cadets intellectually, physically, militarily, ethically, spiritually, and socially. The student body, or Corps of Cadets, numbers 4,400 and each year approximately 1000 cadets join the Long Gray Line as they graduate and are commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army." USMA website

United States Naval Academy - located in Maryland

"The Naval Academy was founded in 1845 by the Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft, in what is now historic Annapolis, MD. The history of the Academy has often reflected the history of the United States itself. As the U.S. Navy has moved from a fleet of sail and steam-powered ships to a high tech fleet of nuclear-powered submarines and surface ships as well as supersonic aircraft, the Academy has changed also. The Naval Academy gives young men and women the up-to-date academic and professional training needed to be effective naval and marine officers in their assignments after graduation." USNA website

United States Air Force Academy - located in Colorado

"The Air Force Academy is both a military organization and a university. Much of the Academy is set up like most other Air Force bases, particularly the 10th Air Base Wing, but the superintendent, commandant, dean of faculty and cadet wing are set up in a manner resembling a civilian university." USAFA website

United States Coast Guard Academy - located in Connecticut

"The Coast Guard Academy offers an integrated life experience which emphasizes leadership, character, academics and physical fitness in order to graduate the very best Coast Guard officers. Graduates go directly to positions of leadership in U.S. Coast Guard, one of the best and most admired organizations in the world. The Academy also features an impressive teacher-student ratio and picturesque waterfront campus that instills a traditional small college feel." USCGA website

United States Merchant Marine Academy - located in New York

"In time of war or national emergency, the U.S. merchant marine becomes vital to national security as a "fourth arm of defense." Our merchant ships bear the brunt of delivering military supplies overseas to our forces and allies. The stark lessons of twentieth century conflict prove that a strong merchant marine is an essential part of American seapower. The purpose of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is to ensure that such people are available to the nation as shipboard officers and as leaders in the transportation field who will meet the challenges of the present and the future." USMMA website

Congressional Nominations

Please use the links below to learn what each nomination source requires when requesting an nomination to a military academy. This list is accurate as of November 21, 2011.

Joe Biden - Vice President of the United States

Robert P. Casey Jr. - US Senator for Pennsylvania

Pat Toomey - US Senator for Pennsylvania

Bill Shuster - Congressman 9th District of Pennsylvania


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