There is a lot of information on Service Academy admissions on online forums and various websites, and our goal is to ensure you focus on the right areas. Understanding the admissions process will help you apply effort to the areas that matter most in your application. We use the terms The Naval Academy, USNA, and Annapolis interchangeably in this guide. 

Here is an overview of the major sections in this guide:

Basic Requirements – Who The Naval Academy is Looking For

There are both legal requirements and additional requirements for admittance into Annapolis. Legal Requirements:

  • 17-22 years old
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Unmarried
  • Not pregnant; with no legal obligation to support a child

While there is no perfect answer as to what to do to get an appointment to Annapolis, midshipmen excelled academically, athletically, and sought leadership opportunities during their high school careers. The Naval Academy publishes a class portrait that provides statistics about each class, which can be helpful in understanding the typical candidate profile.

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Our Mission

Many high school students dream of attending one of the elite U.S. Service Academies. The U.S. Naval Academy’s prestige and long history make it highly sought after.

The rigorous admissions process for the Naval Academy can be daunting and mysterious, especially for candidates with no history of military service in their family. Our goal here at Gain Service Academy Admission is to help navigate the admissions process to give you the best chance to receive a coveted spot at Annapolis.

As a service academy Graduate, my team and I have written the most comprehensive guide to getting into Annapolis. Our mission is help you to understand what Congressional Representatives and admissions officers at Annapolis are really looking for and how to go about gaining admission!

If you are looking for someone to help you navigate the admissions process, my team and I are here to personally guide you through everything from understanding the rigorous academic requirements to Congressional Nomination interview preparation. It is crucial that you become educated about the process and set yourself up the best you can in order to get that call from your Member of Congress.

I wish you the best of luck in your pursuit of an appointment and your honorable goal of becoming an officer in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps.

-Lieutenant Colonel Robert O. Kirkland (U.S. Army, Retired)

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