Applications Drop at Military Academies

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Applications from high school students to the three U.S. military academies dropped this year, officials said yesterday, at the same time the Army is struggling to sign up new recruits.

Applications to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., which produces junior officers for the Army, declined 9.3 percent compared with last year, the academy said. Applications were down 20 percent from a year ago at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and down 22.7 percent at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Attending one of the academies involves at least a nine-year commitment to the military. Those who attend the four-year schools get free tuition, room and board, and commit to at least five years of active-duty service after graduating.

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