Interested In Joining The Armed Forces? Service Academies Can Pay For College And Guarantee A Job.
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Joining The Military After High SChool• Many people who are interested in joining the Armed Forces do so straight out of high school.• However, it’s possible to go to college, earn a degree and guarantee a job upon graduation.• The Service Academies: The Military Academy at West Point, The Naval Academy, The Air Force Academy, The Merchant Marine Academy and The Coast Guard Academy, all provide high school graduates with a way to pay for school and guarantee a job after graduation.
Joining The Armed Forces: How To Apply To The Service Academies • Competition for the Service Academies is incredibly stiff. • Applicants need to be high school graduates, but cannot have reached their 23rd birthday. • Many people start the application process during their junior or senior year of high school.photo courtesy of http://www.wkvi.com/local/congressman-donnelly-nominates-students-for-u-s-service-academies/
Joining The ArmedForces: How To Apply To The Service Academies• In order to apply, most will need to be nominated by a member of Congress.• Applicants need to provide their ACT or SAT test scores and high school transcripts. They’ll also need to show leadership potential and show that they’re committed to living a military lifestyle.• Applicants also need to: • Be a U.S. citizen. • Be at least 17, but younger than 23. • Be unmarried, not pregnant and without dependents.
Joining The ArmedForces: How To Apply To The Service Academies• Children of career military personnel can apply for an appointment through a Presidential or military service nomination.• After being nominated, the actual application process starts.• Before school begins, students will need to complete a medical exam and pass a physical ﬁtness test.
What If You’re Not Ready For College?• Some students will not be accepted into the U.S. Service Academies, but will show aptitude for military service.• These students may be able to attend a special preparatory school. These schools include: • The United States Air Force Academy Preparatory School • The United States Military Academy Preparatory School • The Naval Academy Preparatory School • Georgia Military College (for the Coast Guard) • Marion Military Institute (for the Coast Guard) • New Mexico Military Institute (for the United States Merchant Marine Academy)
Benefits Of The Service Academies• The Service Academies provide students with a number of beneﬁts, including: • An education equivalent to one from an Ivy League school. • Free tuition, including room and board. • A taxable pay, equivalent to 35% of the O-1, under two year rate. • A guaranteed job and commissioning as an O-1 upon graduation.
Duty Requirements• Although there is no cost for attending one of the Service Academies, students will need to fulﬁll a duty requirement.• Graduates need to spend at least ﬁve years as an active duty service member, plus an additional three years as a reservist.• Some ofﬁcers, especially those who are going into highly specialized careers such as aviation, will need to complete additional duty requirements.
How To Get Started• If you think that you’re interested in joining the Armed Forces through one of the Service Academies, it’s vital that you start early.• Students should take their high school career seriously, especially advanced placement classes and leadership opportunities.• It takes hard work and dedication to have the military pay for college through one of the Service Academies, but the rewards are deﬁnitely worth it.
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