Armed Forces Programs


For those cadets who decide to enlist in the military, their prior training as a Sea Cadet may allow them to join at an advanced pay grade. This means that a cadet who enlists may be eligible for a higher rank and pay than his or her non-cadet counterparts. Cadets who choose to enlist in the military also tend to do better and stay in longer. Each cadet who enters the armed services is a disciplined, well-trained individual who typically adjusts better to the rigors of military service than those with no experience.

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Service Academy & Commissioning Programs

Being a Sea Cadet can help individuals become more competitive for certain programs. More than 12% of the Class of 2019 at the U.S. Naval Academy were former Sea Cadets. Every year many graduating high school seniors are accepted into ROTC or OCS programs around the country. We think some of this can be attributed to the unparalleled training experience received as a Sea Cadet.

General information about the service academies

Useful Powerpoint presentations for Sea Cadets succeeding at Naval Academy Summer Seminar (NASS)  and
 Coast Guard Academy Introduction Mission (AIM) programs:

Naval Academy Class Portrait:
Other Resources:

Discussion board on preparing and applying for the service academies

USNA Candidates Facebook Group

Military Colleges and Academies 

Service Academies and Senior Military Colleges

     Military Service Academies offer an outstanding education and full four-year scholarships.  Tuition, books, board, and medical and dental care are all fully paid for all four years.  It is fiercely competitive!

Admissions criteria include:

Outstanding high school academic performance
Standardized test scores (SAT & ACT)
Athletics and extra-curricular activities
Leadership experience and community involvement
Congressional letter of recommendation (not required by the Coast Guard Academy)
Graduates of the academies receive a Bachelor of Science Degree and are commissioned as officers in their respective service branch.  There is a minimum of 5 years service obligation after graduation.

     The service academies start their selection processes months earlier than most colleges and universities, so it is important to your success that you start compiling and submitting your information as soon as the service academy has your file.

 Complete your file as possible during the summer months because you will find lots of competition for your time once school resumes in a few weeks.  SAT and ACT scores should be submitted directly to the service academy, and school transcripts, whether high school, prep school, or college have to be submitted by your school.  The academies will provide you guidance on what to submit and how.


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