COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
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MILITARY COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
The U.S. military operates many types of schools to train members of the U.S. military, foreign militaries, and civilians in certain fields. The military academies are colleges that train future officers.
The military also operates its own medical school, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Students pay no tuition or fees, and receive a salary and military benefits.
Some of the military schools include:
- National Defense University
- Army War College
- Naval War College
- Air Force Institute of Technology
- Air University
- Defense Acquisition University
- Defense Language Institute
- Naval Postgraduate School
- Defense Information School
SERVICE ACADEMIES & SENIOR MILITARY COLLEGES
The Military offers some unique educational opportunities for students who plan to pursue a college degree. These options — Service Academies, Senior Military Colleges and Maritime Academies — offer world-class education and a deeper understanding of military culture. Plus, most of these schools grant scholarship money in exchange for a period of service. Check out the different schools to see what they can offer you.
For students who would like to experience a military environment while getting a first-class education, the five Service academies — the U.S. Military Academy (Army) in West Point, N.Y.; the U.S. Naval Academy (Navy/Marine Corps) in Annapolis, Md.; the U.S. Air Force Academy (Air Force) in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (Coast Guard) in New London, Conn.; and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y. — 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.
The competition to get in is fierce. Admissions criteria include:
- High school academic performance
• Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
• Athletics and extracurricular activities
• Leadership experience and community involvement
• A congressional letter of recommendation (not required by the Coast Guard Academy)
Graduates of all four academies receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as officers in their respective Service branch. In all cases, there is a service obligation of a minimum of five years.
SENIOR MILITARY COLLEGES
Senior military colleges are civilian schools that combine higher education with military instruction. Students participate in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program and can go on to become commissioned officers following graduation.
An additional option for students is Maritime Academies. The United States Merchant Marine is the fleet of civilian-owned merchant ships that transport cargo and passengers on behalf of the United States. In times of war, the Merchant Marine is an auxiliary to the Navy and can be called upon to deliver service members and supplies for the Military.
Maritime Academies also produce shipboard officers for vessels integral to shipping and transportation needs, but a service commitment is not always required.
MILITARY SERVICE ACADEMIES AND OTHER WAYS TO BECOME A MILITARY OFFICER
You can become an officer in the U.S. military by graduating from one of the U.S. service academies. The academies are colleges that train future commissioned officers.
Benefits and Commitments
- Tuition, room, and board are free.
- You get paid while you are attending.
- You must serve for several years in the military after you graduate, unless you go to the Merchant Marine Academy—then you have other options.
Five Service Academies
There are five military academies:
- United States Military Academy — Army
- United States Naval Academy — Navy and Marine Corps
- United States Coast Guard Academy
- United States Merchant Marine Academy
- United States Air Force Academy
How to Get Into a Military Academy
To be accepted into any service academy except for the Coast Guard Academy, you must first be nominated to the school by either:
- A U.S. Senator
- A U.S. Representative
- The Vice President of the U.S., who can nominate applicants to any academy except the Merchant Marine Academy.
How to Get Into the Coast Guard Academy
Submit an application directly. You don’t need to be nominated.
Other Ways to Become a Military Officer
You can also earn an officer commission through:
- Officer Candidate School (OCS)
- Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
- A direct commission from the enlisted ranks
- Certain legal, medical, or clergy professions
Contact a recruiter for the Department of Defense service branch you are interested in to learn more about these programs: