Here is a concise guide to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut, with information on programs, admissions, cadet life, the academy experience today, and academy history and milestones.
The United States Coast Guard Academy is one of the five Service Academies of the Armed Forces of the United States. It is supported by the Federal Government and operated within the authority of the Department of Homeland Security. It is a highly respected institution offering a superb undergraduate education. It is the principal source of technical degreed graduates for the United States Coast Guard officer corps. United States Coast Guard Academy is committed to strengthening the nation s future by educating, training, developing, and inspiring leaders of character who are ethically, intellectually, professionally, and physically prepared to serve their country and humanity, and who are strong in their resolve to build on the long military and maritime heritage and proud accomplishments of the United States Coast Guard. To graduate young men and women with sound bodies, stout hearts, and alert minds with a liking for the sea and its lore, and with that high sense of honor, loyalty and obedience which goes with trained initiative and leadership; well grounded in seamanship, the sciences and the amenities, and strong in the resolve to be worthy of the traditions of commissioned officers in the United States Coast Guard in the service of their country and humanity. The Coast Guard Academy is dedicated to producing Coast Guard officers who meet the program, diversity, and quality objectives of the Coast Guard. Within this broad perspective lie primary objectives: (1) to provide, by precept and example, an environment that embraces the Coast Guard values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty; (2) to provide a sound undergraduate education in a field of interest to the Coast Guard.
U.S. Coast Guard Academy offers appointments on the basis of a nationwide merit-based competition. Those who are accepted are distinguished by proven academic accomplishment, skills as an athlete, a record of community service or part-time employment, motivation to embrace leadership development, and an unwavering desire to serve their country and humanity. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 17-22 years old upon entering the Academy. They must be unmarried with no dependants or financial debt and posses a high school diploma or GED (or will prior to entry). Most successful candidates graduate in the top 15% of their high school class and demonstrate proficiency in both mathematical and applied science fields. Applicants must complete the SAT or ACT (with Writing Test) exam prior to or during January test administration of the year of entry. Appointments to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are tendered on a selective basis. Congressional nominations are not required. The only special category is International Cadets.
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