Service Academy summer programs
Matthew C Williams (email@example.com)
Sun, 16 Feb 1997 22:48:13 EST
If you have any Explorers who are excelling as high school students, you
may want to make them aware of a week-long opportunity at the United
States Coast Guard Academy between their junior and senior years.
Administered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary, "AIM" (Academy Introduction
Mission) is intended to introduce students with good grades (minimally a
3.0 out of 4.0 grade point average; realistically, a 3.5 or better) and
PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores to the academy. The Coast Guard Academy is a
four-year, all-expenses-paid military service academy in New London,
Connecticut, similar to Annapolis and West Point (cadets also receive a
monthly stipend while attending the academy). The primary difference in
the admissions' process is that a political appointment is not required;
students are admissions based solely upon their GPA/class standing, SAT
or ACT scores, and extracurricular activities/leadership potential.
Graduation from CGA results in the awarding of a Bachelor of Science
degree and a commission as an Ensign in the Coast Guard, with a 5-year
service obligation. AIM provides an excellent opportunity for students
to see the academy's excellent facilities and programs, and to a limited
degree an opportunity for a teenager to determine whether such an
institution would be agreeable to him or her for 4 years after high
school. AIM does require that students pay for food for their week-long
stay, but the room at the academy is provided free of charge by the Coast
Guard and transportation to and from the academy is typically paid by the
local Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla or division.
The Naval Academy offers a similar one-week program during the summer,
but those invited to attend Annapolis for their summer program must pay
for food AND transportation to and from the academy. The Air Force
Academy's Summer Scientific Seminar has a similar arrangement.
If interested in the Coast Guard Academy's AIM program, contact your
nearest Coast Guard base or station for the name and telephone number of
the career counselor in the local Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla; the
nearest Coast Guard District Office (public affairs or boating
safety/standards) should also have this information. You can also send
me an e-mail and I'll send you what information I have.
If interested in the Naval Academy's summer program, contact your nearest
Navy Blue and Gold officer; I have a list of names and phone numbers of
Navy Blue and Gold officers across the U.S. if you need such information.
Skipper, SES 723
South Lake Tahoe, CA