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    United States Air Force Academy
    2304 Cadet Drive, Suite 2300
    USAF Academy, CO  80840-5016
    A candidate must obtain a nomination in a category authorized by law
    before he or she can be considered for appointment.  Completed online
    applications must be received by the Academy prior to December 31 of
    the year of entry.  An applicant must also be between 17 and 23 years
    of age, a U.S. citizen, unmarried with no dependents, qualified 
    academically and medically, and in good physical condition.  For 
    nominations, apply to your members in Congress or to the Vice-President 
    of the U.S. directly.  Deadlines for nomination requests vary with the 
    individual member of Congress; however, it is advisable to request a 
    nomination as soon as possible after March 1 of your junior year to 
    enter the Academy upon graduation from high school.

    There are no tuition charges; the cost, including room, board, and
    medical and dental care, is borne entirely by the U.S. government.  In 
    addition, cadets receive a monthly salary to pay for supplies, cloth-
    ing, and personal expenses.  Careful management of the money covers 
    obligations, with only a small amount remaining for personal use.

    All cadets are on full scholarship at the Air Force Academy and must
    live in on-campus dormitories and wear uniforms.  Graduates of the 
    four year service academy receive a Bachelor of Science degree,
    accept an appointment and serve as commissioned officers in the Air 
    Force for at least 8 years after graduation, 5 of which must be active 
    duty and the remainder as inactive reserve, becoming eligible to 
    request separation after 5 years of service. 

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