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, of good moral character, qualified both 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, a monthly salary is paid to cadets for supplies, clothing 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 will 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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