Gaining admission to the Academy can be a strenuous process, as it requires you to undergo an extensive application process as well as receive an appointment.
In order to be eligible, you must be:
--at least 17 years of age and must not have passed your 23rd birthday on July 1st of the year of admission;
--unmarried, not pregnant and have no incurred obligations of parenthood;
--a United States citizen (except for the limited quotas of international midshipmen specifically authorized by Congress); and
--of good moral character.
--be found scholastically qualified by the Admissions Board;
--be medically qualified;
--pass the Naval Academy's Physical Aptitude Examination (same for all the service academies); and
--receive an official nomination from one of many sources available
Once you have determined if you are qualified or not, you should contact your local Blue & Gold Officer.
Coming to the Academy requires making a very large commitment to something that is larger than yourself.
You have to question what your motivations are and make sure that it is something that you want. The Academy is not for everyone, and some will be quick to figure this out. Having the right mindset and a positive attitude can take you as far as you want to go and will help you accomplish anything you set out to do.
Before coming to the Academy it is important to know what will be expected of you and understand the level of commitment you are making. Do your best to reach out, talk to current students, officers in the fleet, alumni, and your local Blue and Gold officers.