The Service Academies

An applicant may apply to one or all of the service academies.  Each of the services are unique and one may provide a better match for you as an individual.  Do you desire to fly, join a special operations team, become a doctor or simply gain a first-rate education and a life-changing set of experiences unmatched by any other institution?  I will work with you to determine which of the services and corresponding service academies will match best with your goals.

US AIR FORCE ACADEMY (USAFA)

Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USAFA is the youngest of the service academies.  A graduate receives a regular commission in the US Air Force.  You are committed to serve five years unless you attend pilot training or additional schooling provided by the Air Force, such as graduate school.  These programs will add more years to your military obligation.

US NAVAL ACADEMY (USNA)

USNA graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Science degree (as with the other service academies) and receive a commission as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy or as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.  The school is located in Annapolis, Maryland, and was established in 1845.

US MILITARY ACADEMY (USMA)

USMA is oldest of the service academies and is located in West Point, New York.  A graduate receives a regular commission in the US Army with a five-year commitment to serve.  All of the service academies allow graduates to 'cross-commission' into other services as long as they can 'find' a corresponding Academy graduate to trade during the same year.

Other Service Academies

The US Coast Guard Academy is the smallest of the service academies and graduates about 200 Ensigns each May.  It is located in New London, Connecticut.  The last service academy is the US Merchant Marine Academy located in Kings Point, New York. It is charged with training officers for the United States Merchant Marine, branches of the military, and the transportation industry.

Lt Col C.B. Brechin - USAF, Retired  /  chris@cbbrechin.com  /  503.515.7406