Any junior interested in the United States Military Academies (Army, Air Force, Coast Guard or Naval) should investigate the application procedures leading to acceptance. The application process begins in the spring of the junior year and terminates approximately Nov. 15 of the senior year. Competition is rigorous. Candidates for all but the Coast Guard Academy must have a nomination, usually from a member of Congress or the vice president of the United States. Spring semester of the junior year is the recommended time to apply for a nomination, but later requests may be accepted. If interested in securing an appointment to one of the academies, contact senators and representatives and the selected academy for additional information.