Ike asked in Politics & GovernmentMilitary · 8 years ago

What United States Military Academy would be best for me to attend?

I want to attend a United States Military Academy because I want to help my country in a time of struggle. I'm also wanting to attend because I wish to better myself physically and mentally.

I'm confused as to which one I want to go to though...

If you can supply me with some answers as to the benefits of going to the Naval Academy vs. the Air Foce Academy vs. West Point, it would all be greatly appreciated.

I want to major in International Relations or Political Science, and learn Arabic and Urdu, possibly even Farsi. I would like to help my country in any way I can, and I believe by joining the Military, I can accomplish what I was born to do.

I would like to become the best well- mannered, disciplined, outgoing person I can become. I want to make sure that a little boy or girl will go to sleep at night, knowing that their father's death was not in vain. I want to help better my country.

So which Military Academy between the Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, and Army is the best to attend for what I want to major in? Which would you recommend and for what reasons?

I wouldn't mind paying the ultimate price so that you can sleep well at night, and not have to worry about dying the next day.

Why be afraid of death when it is something that can be given to you for saving someone's life?

If death is what it takes for me to save you, then so be it.

I'm not afraid to die.

Thanks to all who contribute.

3 Answers

  • Tom
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
    Favorite Answer

    West Point....

    ...has by far the widest selection of International Relations/ Political Science related majors and course offerings. See page 32 of the West Point Catalog:


    and distinguished graduates in these majors:



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    Usna is most concerned with technical majors and that is fairly recent; three years ago, the Naval Academy stipulated that in the future, 65% of all Midshipmen must select a technical major. Given that about 45% of each class recruited for athletics and other academy goals is less prepared for technical majors than those Midshipmen who were not recruited, it stands to reason that Midshipmen who can do well in technical majors are probably going to have a diminished chance of being selected for a non technical major.

    At Usafa, Aero Engineering is the only popular technical major.


    The Air Force Academy website offers outstanding advice to students prepping for a service academy, rotc scholarship or any highly selective university. Open all links to the left of the dialog box. Be sure to open the "Leadership Preparation" link and read it carefully."


    Page 19 of Chapter 2 of the Naval Academy Catalog indicates classes for a high school student to take to make himself competitive for admission. The classes are arranged in a hierarchy:


    Helpful to read the advice on prepping for college offered on Harvard's website:


    The selection process is nearly identical at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy, so, whatever is stated on one service academy website or in its catalog with regard to admissions, course selection etc generally holds for the others. If you read the following answer and open the links it should help to explain the selection process and the path to an appointment:


    The application cycle for the service academies begins December 1 of junior year when the Air Force Academy begins accepting pre candidate questionnaires from juniors applying to attend the Air Force Academy Summer Seminar.

    West Point SLS begins accepting pre candidate questionnaires in mid December. The Naval Academy Summer Seminar begins accepting preliminary applications on February 1.


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    It is best to apply to all since they are similar and going to one indicates to the Admissions Boards at all that a Candidate is well aware of the regimented lifestyle of an academy Cadet/Midshipman. An applicant needs Psat, Sat or Act scores to be considered for the Summer Seminars. The Psat Math section tests Algebra 1 and Geometry and should be taken the first time the Fall after completing these classes. The Psat is only offered once each October. The Sat Math section tests Algebra 1 and 2 and Geometry and should be taken the first time the Spring of the year taking Algebra 2. The Act Math section tests these subjects and Trigonometry. An extracurricular reading program looking up unknown words in a dictionary helps with the Cr and Writing sections of the Sat:


    Colonel Batchelder indicates the attributes SLS seeks in applicants:


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    All the summer programs seek pre-candidates with essentially the same attributes. Usna's is the largest accepting 2250, Usafa Summer Seminar accepts 1125 and West Point SLS 1,000.

    Good Luck!

  • Ant
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    Yeah, Dylan is right. SERVICE ACADEMY. And you don't choose one or the other based on major (unless it is a type of engineering). The best way is to find what military career you want to go into. For example: I like Surface Warfare Officer (its an officer on a boat, I'm not going into details on what they do). Therefore, the Naval Academy would be best for me.

    Also, you can't just choose where you want to go. You have to apply and get in. (im assuming you didn't apply yet, or are too young to apply). They have 10% acceptance rates (or less). That's as difficult, or harder to get into, than Harvard.

    I appreciate your courage, but it takes more than courage alone to get through the academies.

    And Dylan, Great Job! I got into USMA. Didn't hear back from USNA yet.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    For one, they are SERVICE academies. Military Academy is Army. Actually, with IR, NROTC might be better. I heard about applicants getting thrown away because they did not want to major in engineering (a former board of admissions told me). They want their academies to major in just engineering. Why do they offer other programs? Congress makes them. Navy is the best out of all, academically. West Point is the most disciplinarian.

    All schools equally hate poly sci majors!!! SERIOUSLY!!! If you are applying to any academy, may i suggest finding a different passion? anything math or science. Just remember, steer clear of science courses like anatomy and biology. Take AP chemistry, AP Physics (or physics H. My school never offered ap), and AP Calculus.

    Source(s): GO NAVY BEAT ARMY PS. I went to NASS and had a 2 hour long conversation with the dean of admissions. I also have a BGO who explained this too me. I also got accepted to USNA. Don't thumbs down me. There is a lot more then what they say on the website.
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