Ah, where to begin. I've got years before my children even enter college. Well, I take that back, one is as smart as a whip and we joke that she'll be graduating high school at 15 or 16. Hey, you never know!
At any rate, the looming costs of college are frightening at best. I'm still paying my own and can barely even think about what financial atrocities college will bring when it's my own children. I've mentioned the military academies to my husband. His response was a resounding "NO"! I had to laugh because despite his stubborn stance that our children will not join the military, he truly can't make that decision for him. Silly man.
Trust me, I've been there with my own parents. My mom said no and I did it anyway.
I will say, that if given the chance to go back in time, I'd likely have pursued the collegiate root with a little more energy. I had wanted to attend Annapolis, but somewhere along the way I lost sight of that and was hell bent on enlisting. I am torn personally because I have a strong belief in the backbone of the Armed Forces being the enlisted ranks. That's where my allegiance truly lies. Still, I'd be delighted to see my children enter a service school. What a honor. What a privilege.
Perhaps your children are of age to start looking at their future and academics. Why not consider application to a service school? There are some great ones to choose from, but it's not going to happen overnight. There is a lot of work that goes into applying and you must be vigilant in making sure you have all your ducks in a row.
U.S. Military Academy - West Point
The Coast Guard Academy
The Naval Academy - Anapolis
Air Force Academy
Merchant Marine Academy
For some of my international readers over in the UK:
Royal Military Academy - Sandhurst
I'm sure there are dozens I'm leaving out. Please excuse this very short list.
Back here in the states:
If you are in Michigan, you surely heard about the new tuition plan to help military families. If not, read more: HERE
Finally, learn more about military student aid : FINAID
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