US Military Service Academies
ACADEMY DAY 2024 - by Senator Mark Warner
Senator Mark Warner invites high school and middle school students, their parents or guardians, and school counselors to Academy Day 2024. Attendees will be provided a comprehensive overview of the United States service academies and their admission processes.
In addition, students will be able to meet with officials from all five academies as well as representatives from the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board, Navy Talent Acquisition Group (NTAG) Richmond, ROTC programs at Randolph-Macon College and the University of Virginia, the United States Marine Corps, the Virginia Military Institute, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, and the Virginia Women's Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin University. Staff from Virginia Congressional offices will be available to answer questions regarding the application procedures for congressional nominations.
Save the Date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Randolph-Macon College Center for the Performing Arts, Blackwell Auditorium, 205 Henry Street, Ashland, VA 23005
Invitation to follow. To ensure you receive it and the registration link for the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Academy Nomination Process, please visit www.warner.senate.gov.
Why Service Academy?
If you have aspirations of serving your country and having a fulfilling career in the United States military as an officer and a leader, the Service Academy route might be for you! There's no better way of getting tons of real-life experiences in a no-cost (read: FREE!) college setting.
However, preparing for entry into a Service Academy usually takes years - ideally, you start thinking about it when you're in the 8th grade, take all of the "right" preparatory classes and participate in lots of sports and extracurricular activities from 9th through 11th grade, attend the summer camps offered at the Academies to show your interest, and finally apply to the Academies during your Junior year after begging your Congress man/woman for a nomination.
Is all of that really worth it? Depends. Depends on what you're looking to get out of the Service Academy experience versus the typical college experience. Check out the links below to find out more about each of the five (5) service academies, what they can offer you, how to "demonstrate your interest" during their summer camps, and how to apply for admission during your Junior year.
If your goal is simply to commission as an officer into the Armed Forces, there are other options
- Graduate from a 4-year college, apply for commission, go to and graduate from Officer Candidate School (OCS) or Officer Training School (OTS)
- Graduate from a 4-year college and completed at least 2 years of ROTC
- Enlist into the military, military pays for your 4-year college while you're on active duty, apply for commission, go to and graduate from OCS/OTS
- Finish your enlistment in the military, exit the military, graduate from a 4-year college, apply for commission, go to OCS/OTS
- Become a Contract soldier with the Reserves or National Guard in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). You’d be a National Guard soldier while in college - getting school paid for, getting a paycheck, and getting federal/state benefits.
Point is, there's more than one way to become a military officer. Explore your options by talking to Ms. Yeh in the Career Center!
Service Academy Summer Camps for High School Students
- General info #1 on all Service Academy summer camps for high schoolers: https://www.gainserviceacademyadmission.com/summer-seminars/
- General info #2 on all Service Academy summer camps for high schoolers: https://admissionsdecrypted.com/2021/11/08/service-academy-summer-programs/
- Naval Academy Summer & STEM Programs (rising 9th- rising 11th graders): https://www.usna.edu/Admissions/Programs/STEM.php#fndtn-panel1-Attending
- West Point STEM Summer Camps for middle/high schools: https://www.westpoint.edu/centers-and-research/center-for-leadership-and-diversity-in-stem/middle-and-high-school-stem-workshop
- West Point Summer Leaders Experience: https://www.westpoint.edu/admissions/summer-program
- Air Force Academy Summer Seminar (9th-11th graders): https://www.academyadmissions.com/prepare/high-school/summer-seminar/
- Air Force Academy Dept of Civil & Environmental Engineering: https://www.usafa.edu/civil-engineering-summer-programs/
Check out the links below for resources on how to apply, ideal application timeline to start preparing for and applying to the academies, and things you should consider.