This lesson is optional for those students interested in applying to a military service academy, which requires making a commitment to a tour of duty in the military. The 5 military service academies provide educational pathways to being commissioned as a military officer. You may choose not to watch the entire video provided with this activity as it is over 17 minutes. However, the first few minutes of the video should provide sufficient insight into the 5 military service academies.

The following links provide more information on each of the military service academies:

  1. U.S. Air Force Academy:
  2. U.S. Coast Guard Academy:
  3. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy:
  4. U.S. Military Academy at West Point:
  5. U.S. Naval Academy:

Research: If you are interested in applying to a military service academy, you must carefully research the application process and associated deadlines. The article, “Military Madness: Applying to US Service Academies,” provides insight into the application and admissions process.