The US Armed Forces has 247,000 troops and civilians posted overseas, with a presence in more than 130 countries, covering every time zone. As of May 2007 there were approximately 1,427,000 total personnel in the forces and approximately an equal number in the reserve components. The age of military service is between 17 and 45 years and approximately the same number of women and men are recruited.
Military schools have become quite popular among parents of troubled teens. Parents have high hopes that strict discipline and being forced to work as a team will help change their child around. In many cases military schools do just that. They equip a teenager with the skills they need for survival, respect for others, and teamwork.
The teenage years can sometimes be tough. Sure, you’re going to get an “Oh my gosh, this is so unfair!” every now and then, but that can be handled. Sometimes, though, teens can be at-risk, meaning they could get in trouble with the law, be expelled from school, or a number of other things.
If you are a student in one of the U.S. Military Academies, in a sense, your life is no longer your own. You have become a member of one of the Armed Services, and are subject to their control, not your own. As an academy student, you will be working toward a four year college degree, the basic knowledge of the military necessary for a new officer, and a commission as a second lieutenant.