We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Military Academy?

Mary Elizabeth
Updated Mar 02, 2024
Our promise to you
Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Practical Adult Insights, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The military academy is a type of school that has existed in the United States since 1776 with the purpose of providing an education in the military arts. The military academies in the United States today can be divided into three types: the secondary school military academy, the higher education military academy, and the four Federal service academies.

Secondary school military academies are also known as military prep schools. Often designed as boarding schools, they aim to train soldiers and civic leaders, with a focus on self-discipline, achievement, and community. Some accept students as young as fifth grade.

The higher education military academy includes all undergraduate, graduate, and professional military programs outside the Federal service academies. They aim to serve students with a secondary military academy or college prep background, but may also have a compulsory physical fitness test as part of their admissions process. Some require that admissions candidates be unmarried.

In general, higher education military academies require a standard college preparatory course for their undergraduate admissions, and the admissions process is similar in many ways to other college admissions, but they also generally require a physical fitness test of some sort, and some require that candidates for admission be unmarried. Some higher education military academies have a mixed student population, including traditional students as well as the corps of cadets who participate in military training as well as attending classes. Students may or may not receive a commission in the armed forces upon graduation.

There are four federally-funded Federal service academies to prepare officers for the armed forces with a four-year B.S. degree. The Army service academy is the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. The Navy conducts officer training at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The Air Force academy is the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. And the Coast Guard prepares officers at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Graduates receive a commission and have the obligation of at least five years of active duty.

Also important to mention is the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point, NY, which is not a Federal service academy, but does prepare shipboard officers the US Merchant Marine as well as for the Navy and the Coast Guard.

Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary Elizabeth
By Mary Elizabeth , Writer
Passionate about reading, writing, and research, Mary Elizabeth is dedicated to correcting misinformation on the Internet. In addition to writing articles on art, literature, and music for Practical Adult Insights, Mary works as a teacher, composer, and author who has written books, study guides, and teaching materials. Mary has also created music composition content for Sibelius Software. She earned her B.A. from University of Chicago's writing program and an M.A. from the University of Vermont.

Discussion Comments

Mary Elizabeth

Mary Elizabeth


Passionate about reading, writing, and research, Mary Elizabeth is dedicated to correcting misinformation on the...
Learn more
Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.