Admission into the United States service academies are highly sought after. The United States Military, Naval, Air Force, Merchant Marine, and Coast Guard academies have acceptance rates ranging from 9% to 18%.
In addition to their highly rigorous admissions processes, they enjoy an esteemed reputation for educating and preparing top-ranking members of the US military and intelligence communities for service.
But to gain acceptance, you have to jump through a few more hurdles than you would at traditional colleges.
For instance applicants cannot be married, pregnant, or have any children for whom they have legal responsibility.