How to Get Into a Military Service Academy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Qualified, Nominated, and Appointed

How to Get Into a Military Service Academy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Qualified, Nominated, and Appointed

by Michael Singer Dobson


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The five United States military service academies are some of the most elite schools in the nation, taking the finest high school students and turning them into commissioned officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. Over 60,000 students a year begin the arduous process of applying, and about 4,000 get in. At West Point alone, over 15,000 candidates start the applications process. Less than a third of them finish it. Some figure out that they aren’t going to be competitive, some get derailed with specific problems, and some get lost and drop out even though they might have gotten in.

From applications to Congressional nominations, from athletics to medical qualifications, the process is unlike any other for getting into college. This book leads students and their families through the process step by step, offering the tools needed for the very best chance of success.

Covering special issues and concerns like LGBTQ, women and minorities, criminal records, and more, the author also discusses whether attending a service academy is RIGHT for the prospective student, and what he or she can expect upon acceptance, admission, and attendance. Using his personal experience in helping his son through the applications process, Michael Singer Dobson provides all candidates with the ins and outs of the competition for a spot at one of these prestigious schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810895270
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 214
Sales rank: 514,835
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Michael Singer Dobson is an internationally known consultant, author, and lecturer. He’s the author of twenty books on various aspects of project management, office politics, organizational dynamics, and personal growth. A popular seminar leader and keynote speaker, Dobson brings a practical real-world background, good humor, and a dynamic personal style to make his topics come alive. His book Enlightened Office Politics (with Deborah Dobson) was named one of Library Journal’s Top 100 Business Books for 2001. His novels Fox on the Rhine and MacArthur’s War (both with Douglas Niles) were selections of the Military Book Club. His simulation game Battlesystem won the H. G. Wells Award. Dobson’s professional career has included work as a researcher with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum; ownership of a career counseling and résumé firm, Michael Dobson & Associates; and senior management roles in the game and toy industry. He was Director of Marketing and Games Development for Dungeons & Dragons® publisher TSR, Inc., US Vice President of Games Workshop, and Vice President of Discovery Software International.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
How to Use This Book
1: About the Academies
2. Is a Service Academy Right For You?
3. Getting Ready to Apply
4. The Applications Process
5. Getting a Nomination
6. Special Issues and Concerns
7. Candidate Fitness Assessment and Medical Clearance
8. Acceptances and Rejections
Appendix I Laws Governing Appointments to the Academies
Appendix II Class Profiles
Appendix III Resources
Appendix IV Presidential Nomination Letters
About the Author

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