Service Academies

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The United States Service Academies are federal academies for undergraduate education and training of commissioned officers for members of the United States Armed Forces, but each academy also allows foreign military personnel to attend under certain circumstances. 

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The United States Service Academies are federal academies for undergraduate education and training of commissioned officers for members of the United States Armed Forces. The academies include United States Military Academy, Naval Academy, Coast Guard Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, and the Air Force Academy, each having been established by an act of Congress. Each of the academies allows for the attendance of foreign military personnel under certain circumstances. Separate authorities within U.S. law govern the participation of foreign nationals in the academies. Limited numbers of foreign nationals may be enrolled in each academy at a given time depending on different sections of each law, and they may become eligible either through official appointment or exchange with a foreign state. The Secretary of Defense may determine from which countries to accept enrollees, and fees for training are to be paid by the country unless otherwise waived by the relevant official. Foreign cadets are subject to the same regulations on admission, attendance, discipline, resignation, discharge, dismissal and graduation, as cadets from the United States.  Any foreign national that completes training at a U.S. service academy is not subject to appointment within the United States Armed Services. 

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