The United States has five Federal Academies. They are ranked in the top 20 engineering colleges in the USA. They are very difficult to get into and very difficult to graduate from. They are a huge opportunity for those who qualify. It is estimated that a four year education at one of these academies is worth approximately $500,000. Because they are free, graduates incur an obligation to serve in the US Armed Forces. I am a 1969 graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy. It was one of the major achievements of my life. I urge young people to look at all five of the academies and, if interested, to apply to all five of them. A good way to start is to look at their websites which are listed below:

US Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO

US Military Academy
West Point, NY

US Coast Guard Academy 
New London, CT

US Merchant Marine Academy 
Kings Point, NY

US Naval Academy 
Annapolis, MD


Milton Friedman Foundation


Joining the Military


Hillsdale College 

Prager University

ROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Course)

US Navy JROTC                                      

US Army JROTC                                     

US Marine Corps JROTC                      

US Air Force ROTC