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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.