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U.S. Service Academies

U.S. Service Academies, also known as Military Academies, are highly competitive, elite 4-year colleges, which are free to attend and require a certain number of years of military service upon graduation. All except for the Coast Guard Academy require a Congressional or other political nomination. 

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The U.S. Service Academies are:

U.S. Air Force Academy

U.S. Military Academy West Point (Army) 

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Merchant Marine Academy

U.S. Naval Academy*

*The U.S. Marine Corps falls under the Department of the Navy; as such, prospective Marine Officers are selected from midshipmen and women at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland. There is no Marine Corps Academy.