Are you considering the military?
Enlisted service members make up the majority of the military and perform much of the hands-on work. Officers are the leaders and managers of our military and generally have completed a four year college degree program or greater before becoming an officer. The GI Bill is a benefit designed for military personnel to pay for higher education and training. For more information on the military and the different services and careers available, visit www.todaysmilitary.com or visit the following sites to learn more about the specific branches of our Armed Forces:
Air Force: www.airforce.com
Coast Guard: www.gocoastguard.com
The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
ROTC is an officer training program offered at more than 1,000 colleges and universities acros teh United States that prepares young adults to become officers in the U.S. Military Reserves or active military. ROTC programs offer 1, 2, 3 and 4 year scholarships to pay for college. In exchange for a paid college education, cadets commit to serve in the reserve of active forces after graduation. Visit the above sites for more information on ROTC, or search ROTC opportunities at the college of your choice.
Military academies refer to the academies of three branches of the military: the Army, Navy (which also commissions Marines) and Air Force which are all under the Department of Defense, and the Coast Guard (which is under the Department of Homeland Security in Peace-time, but can be placed under the Navy in war-time. These are the only four academies whose students are on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States from the day they enter the Academy, with the rank of cadet or midshipman, and subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. There is also the Merchant Marine Academy, where midshipment may elect to receive an active duty or reserve commission in any branch of the uniformed services. Most are commissioned into the Navy Reserve, Strategic Sealift Officer Program. Cadets and Midshipmen receive a free 4- year education in return for service in the military.
Applicants to all but the Coast Guard Academy are required tto obtain a nomination to the schools. Nominations may be made by Congressional Representatives, Senators, the Vice President and President.
The admissions process to the U.S. service academies is an extensive and very competitive process. The U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs all require an applicant to submit an on-line file and proceed through pre-candidate qualification before an application is provided. The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point requires an applicant to submit part 1 of the 3 part application prior to receiving a nomination. A student that is interested in the academies must enroll in rigorous classes and should be involved in extra-curricular activities that demonstate leadership potential. Because of the deadlines for applications, potential candidates should start the process in their junior year. For detailed information, visit the service academy websites:
U.S. Air Force Academy: www.usafa.af.mil
U.S. Coast Guard Academy: www.cga.edu
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy: www.usmma.edu
U.S. Military Academy: www.usma.ede
U.S. Naval Academy: www.usna.edu