Service Academy Consulting Services

Comprehensive, personalized, and ongoing Service Academy admissions guidance to help you craft a stand-out application to earn an appointment to the Service Academy of your choice.

Our Innovative Approach to Service Academy Consulting

The process to earn an appointment to a Service Academy isn’t straightforward. Our goal is to simplify the process while teaching students actionable steps to take to increase their odds of earning an appointment.

Serving in the military as an officer and leader is a selfless act of service. While young men and women graduate the Service Academies debt free, the commitment to serve and lead in our nation’s military is not to be taken lightly.

With competition continuing to increase, it’s never been more essential for families and students to understand the strategic steps to take that give them a competitive edge. We can help.

Our students have earned appointments to all 5 Service Academies:

Our students have earned appointments to all 5 Service Academies:

Comprehensive Admissions Guidance

  • 1:1 Strategy Planning
  • Timeline Guidance and Management
  • Congressional Nomination Guidance
  • Interview Preparation
  • Intensive Essay Development
  • Extracurricular and Resume Development
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • Officer Mentorship
  • DoDMERB Medical Guidance
  • Candidate Fitness Assessment Support


students we’ve helped earn appointments to all five Service Academies


get into at least one Service Academy


Trusted by families across all 50 states

Our Services

Our Team

Together with a combined total of over 25 years of experience, the Gain Service Academy Admission team is dedicated to helping you learn how to earn an appointment. We’ve been in your shoes, and now we’re here to mentor, teach, and coach you through the entire process. Learn more about us here.

LTC Robert Kirkland

West Point Graduate & Instructor

Class of 1988

Photo of Trisha Penrod

Trisha Dach

Air Force Academy

Class of 2011

Col Lee Reynolds

Former Army ROTC Commander

Breaking Down Our Approach

1:1 Strategy Planning

After years of research and experience helping students earn appointments, we know what the Service Academies are looking for.

We help you understand how Service Academy appointments work and what you can do to strengthen your application based on the “Scholar, Athlete, Leader” model. Each Service Academy weighs unique aspects of your application differently.

Timeline Guidance and Management

We are here to help you manage the many requirements and make sure nothing is overlooked. Based on your specific situation, there may be advantages to submitting or waiting to submit specific aspects of your application.

Congressional Nomination Guidance

In order to obtain an appointment, you need a nomination. We assist your student identify their best options for nominations, provide an analysis of your Congressional district, and help you communicate effectively with your Members of Congress.

Our team crafts a strategy unique to your district while helping you complete all nomination applications.

Interview Preparation

How do you prepare for a military interview without military experience?

Your coach will walk you through all possible questions, undertaking mock interviews and showing you how to use your unique story to connect to the military ethos. We coach students for both liaison officer interviews and Congressional nomination panels.

Intensive Essay Development

Essays are your chance to tell your unique story while demonstrating the qualities Service Academies desire in leaders: grit, determination, resilience, and a desire to serve.

We will help you craft your essays all the way from brainstorming to your final draft.


Extracurricular and Resume Development

Your resume is your chance to demonstrate leadership potential. Accurately explaining the impact you made in each activity will help demonstrate future officer potential.

We help you craft a resume that provides a realistic portrayal of all your scholastic, athletic, and leadership qualities.

Teacher Recommendations

We help you identify teachers to approach for recommendations and help them format the letters to showcase your character and leadership potential.

Officer Mentorship

The Service Academies are leadership institutes. We provide access to current and former officers to give students a better understanding of the commitment and journey they are about to embark on.

This aspect of preparation helps to craft a thoughtful application and sets students apart from others in terms of thinking through their life goals and how they will serve.

DoDMERB Medical Guidance

In order to be considered for an appointment, students must pass a medical exam. We break down how these requirements apply to your student and make sure students are on track to have the best chance possible of being medically qualified. If needed, we will provide you with guidance on how to obtain a waiver in the case of disqualification.

Candidate Fitness Assessment Support

We help you understand how your current scores impact your odds of earning an appointment and where to focus your effort.

Our services provide insight on which events you should focus on to maximize your improvement and timing strategies for when to test.

Peace of Mind

We offer families a satisfaction guarantee. If you aren’t happy with the quality of services we provide, we’ll refund your money.

Our Services

Full-Service Consulting


Proven guidance helping students earn an appointment to one Service Academy. We will help your student navigate the entire application process from start to finish, building confidence while completely personalizing the process to their individual and actionable goals.


Interview Preparation


Depending on your student’s situation, the interview can determine whether or not students earn an appointment. Our services will help your student confidently communicate what they bring to the table, improving their odds of earning a nomination as well as an appointment.


Strategy Session


Schedule a 1-hour session with us. Together, we will build a strategy for your student’s application process, based on your student’s interests, objectives, and goals.

This fee can be applied towards interview preparation or full-service consulting.

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What our happy clients say about us:

It’s overwhelming not knowing what you don’t know, and you were such a resource for us. My husband and I both truly believe her success is tied directly to you.

Jodi, Air Force Academy Class of 2025 parent

Having the guidance, encouragement, and a roadmap to keep us on track was incredibly valuable

Lisa, West Point Class of 2026 parent

At first, we were so overwhelmed. You helped us to lay a path to success.

Amy, Naval Academy Class of 2025 parent

Your help was timely and relevant and I think really helped him perform well in his interviews. Your knowledge was very helpful to our family throughout the application process both with the Academy and Members of Congress.

Jim, West Point Class of 2026 parent

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the timeframe we should begin to inquire about your consulting services?2022-07-21T00:58:16+00:00

We recommend students begin to consider their Service Academy applications as soon as they enter high school. However, if we’re advising throughout the application, we typically begin working with a student during the spring of their Junior year of high school.

What is included in the full service consulting package?2022-07-21T01:01:20+00:00

We help with all areas of the application for one Service Academy. After working with us you’ll be able to apply concepts to other Service Academies. We simplify the process for you and create target goals for your student. This includes maximizing the point totals, advising whether to retake standardized tests, essay and interview preparation, help with any psychological testing, general medical questions and connecting the applicant with current officers to learn more about life as a cadet/midshipman and future officer.

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