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Joining the U.S. Military
January 1, 2020

For inquiries concerning enlistment in the U.S. Armed Forces, please contact specific service recruiters in Germany at the following numbers:

Note: In order to join the U.S. military, one must either become an American citizen or obtain a “green card” via the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery Program. Please visit our Immigrant Visas section for more information regarding this program.

United States Service Academies

A large number of America’s officers enter the officer corps through the service academy system. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine have their own academies. (The Naval Academy supports the Marines Corps as well as the Navy.) Each academy offers a four-year course of study. Upon graduation from a service academy, each graduate receives a bachelor’s degree and an officer’s commission in a selected branch of the armed forces.

Each of the academies reserves a number of slots every year for foreign candidates.

  • U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York
    The U.S. Military Academy was established in 1802 and is on the site of the oldest regularly garrisoned military post in the United States. West Point is charged with educating, training and inspiring young people to provide the Army with leaders of character.
  • U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
    Founded as the Naval School in 1845, the United States Naval Academy today is a four-year service academy that prepares midshipmen morally, mentally and physically to be professional officers in the Navy and Marine Corps.
  • U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
    Established in 1954, the Air Force Academy is the newest of the service academies. Its mission is to develop and inspire air and space leaders with vision for tomorrow. The goal of this 4-year institution is to produce officers who have the knowledge, character, and motivation essential to leadership, pride in all they do, and commitment to an Air Force career.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut
    Founded in 1876, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has a proud tradition as one of the finest colleges in the country. The Academy’s philosophy is belief in your country, belief in your fellow cadets and Coast Guard personnel and belief in yourself. The Academy is committed to a course of study that provides the professional knowledge, skills and experience needed to succeed as an officer.
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York
    The Academy was dedicated in 1943, but it represents maritime training that is more than a century old. The Academy’s Mission is to educate officers and leaders of honor and integrity who are dedicated to serving their countries’ economic, transportation and defense interests.

College and University Officer Training Programs

In addition to the Department of Defense-run Service Academies, another important source of officers for the United States military is the officer-training program available through a select group of public and private universities and colleges. As in the Service Academies, students in these programs work towards both a bachelors degree and an officer’s commission via a demanding curriculum of military and general educational courses.