Congressional Outreach

U.S. Military Academies

  • U.S. Air Force Academy - USAFA

    Located in Colorado Springs, CO, the USAFA creates leaders, innovators, warriors and wingmen, ready to serve in the world's greatest Air & Space Forces.

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  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy - USCGA

    Located in New London, CT, the USCGA prepares those individuals seeking a future to become a Coast Guard officer. Students will develop skills, character and commitment to lead in one of the most adventurous and rewarding pursuits in the world.

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  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA

    Located in Kings Point, NY, the USMMA educated leaders of exemplary character who are inspired to serve the national security, marine transportation, and economic needs of the US as licensed Merchant Marine officers and commissioned officers in the Armed Forces.

    USMMA Viewbook

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  • U.S. Military Academy - USMA West Point

    Located in West Point, NY, the USMA offers a cadet experience in the following areas: Academic, Character, Military, and Physical. Every cadet has the opportunity to participate in athletics, activities, and clubs as well. The USMA holds consistent Top 5 college rankings, unmatched academic experience, and even graduate school scholarship opportunities.

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  • U.S. Naval Academy - USNA

    Located in Annapolis, MD, the USNA is the undergraduate college of our country's naval service. The academy prepares young men and women to become professional officers of competence, character, and compassion in the US Navy and Marine Corps. Naval Academy students are midshipmen on active duty in the US Navy.

    USNA Homepage

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Helpful Tips

  • Important things to note...

    • Military Academies in the US offer an excellent option for students who are interested in serving their country and receiving a quality education at the same time.
      • Students at these institutions typically receive free tuition, room, and board as well as a small stipend for expenses.
      • All 5 of the undergraduate academies have highly selective admissions.
      • All require at least 5 years of service upon graduation.
      • Read more from the article here...
    • Juniors interested in attending military academies, applying for ROTC, or other military scholarships need to watch deadlines very carefully!
      • The process for seeking a nomination to one of the academies begins early in your junior year of high school.
      • You can access information about all 5 service academies from their websites.
    • In addition, many have excellent summer programs which give prospective applicants experience of what daily life for a cadet would be.
      • These programs are highly competitive, so speak with your counselor for further information to make sure you are prepared.
      • Representatives from all military branches and current students at the academies often visit Chaparral. Stop by the College & Career Center to ask Ms. Vaught when they will be visiting us next!

U.S. Military Branches

  • U.S. Air Force

    The Air Force (USAF) is part of the Department of Defense. It's responsible for aerial military operations, defending US air bases, and building landing strips. Its service members are airmen. The reserve components are the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve.

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  • U.S. Army

    The Army is the largest of the military branches. It handles significant combat missions. Also home to the Army Special Forces, or the "Green Berets." Army members are soldiers, and the additional components are the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard.

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  • U.S. Coast Guard

    The USCG is part of the Department of Homeland Security. It provides national security and search and rescue for America's waterways, seas, and coasts. They also enforce marine environmental protection laws. Coast Guardsmen and women are often nicknamed "Coasties."

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  • U.S. Marine Corps

    The Marines (USMC) provide land combat, sea-based, and air-ground operations support for other branches during a mission. This branch also guards the US embassies around the world, as well as the classified documents within those embassies. Marine Corps Special Operations are also sometimes known as "Raiders."

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  • U.S. Navy

    The Navy protects all waterways, seas and oceans outside of the Coast Guard's jurisdiction. Navy warships provide the runways for aircraft to take off and land when out at sea. Navy SEALs are the special operations force for this branch of the military. All service members of the Navy are known as sailors.

    America's NAVY

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  • U.S. Space Force

    A new branch created in 2019, Space Force, comes from the former Air Force Space Command. It still falls within the department of the Air Force. Space Force organizes, trains, and equips space forces to protect the US and allied interests in space.

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