The requirements and expectations for Military Academies vary greatly. The structure of an academy is very different than that of a civilian college. From the day you enter the academy, you are pursing a college education and preparing for a career. Upon graduation from the academy, as an officer, there is a five year military commitment for most branches. There are no tuition payments and cadets receive a stipend of over $700 per month. Below is a summary of the key points for each branch of service:
Air Force Academy: Congressional Nomination Required
United States Military Academy (West Point): Congressional Nomination Required
Naval Academy: Congressional Nomination Required
Coast Guard Academy: Under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. No nomination required.
Merchant Marine Academy: Congressional Nomination Required. Funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Mission: To educate and train students who can serve as competent shipboard deck officers, while preparing them for positions of increasing responsibility and leadership in the maritime and intermodal transportation industries. No Military commitment with this academy.