March 14, 2004 – The U.S. Coast Guard Academy's summer recruiting program is under way, and interested high school juniors are invited to apply by March 31.
During the past three years four students from the U.S. Virgin Islands were selected, and attended the summer programs, Coast Guard Officer Alvin Dalmida Jr. said. Dalmida frequently visits "home" on recruiting trips.
Each year the Academy hosts summer admissions programs for rising high school seniors. This year, they will host three weeks of AIM, which combines two former separate programs: the Academy's Minority Introduction to Engineering program and the Academy Introduction Mission.
AIM participants experience a week of cadet life, academic, athletic, and leadership programs firsthand, equipping them to make an informed college choice. The three sessions have space for a total of 500 students, and typically, summer week graduates account for 30 percent of the next Academy class.
Three one-week sessions are offered: 10-16 July, 17-23 July, and 24-30 July. Applicants must be high school students planning to enter the senior year, be physically fit U.S. citizens in good health, and have no dependency obligations.
The application and instructions can be obtained on the Academy's Web site. Select "summer programs for juniors" from the right side of the page.
Qualified applicants should send one copy to the Academy and a second to the local Coast Guard Auxiliary, which gives them two chances at being accepted.
Successful applicants demonstrate an interest in military service, an aptitude for technical studies, and strong communication, leadership and time management skills; and embrace the highest standards of personal integrity.
Candidates will be responsible for their own transportation to and from New London, Conn., as well as a $275 fee for meals and program costs. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available, and the site has a request form also.
For further information contact:
Coast Guard Auxiliary, St. Thomas Bob Armstrong (340)776-3497
Coast Guard Academy Lt. Christine Fern (860)701-6322
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