Service Academy Program

Contact: LTC Thomas Bowen, USA (Ret)


West Point class of 1982



Since 1910, with the introduction of the “Army-Navy Program,” Marion Military Institute has placed hundreds of America’s finest and brightest young men and women into our nation’s five Service Academies:

Each Service Academy aspires to develop its cadets and midshipmen into commissioned officers serving a career in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or Merchant Marine Service.

Developing cadets morally, intellectually, militarily, and physically, Marion Military Institute succeeds in best preparing each Service Academy cadet for the rigors of his or her chosen Academy.

What we do: Academically, militarily, and physically develop MMI cadets focused on earning an appointment to a Service Academy.

How we do it: Create the challenging standards, conditions, and environment wherein each SAP cadet must achieve in all 3 domains. Appoint academic advisors for each Service Academy to advise, coach, and monitor each SAP cadet’s progress toward gaining an appointment.

The result: Development of military leaders having deep character, competence and confidence to lead servicemen and women.

Our goal: Each competitive SAP cadet, whether sponsored by an academy or self-sponsored, earns an appointment to his or her academy of choice.

Our Reputation: Marion Military Institute is the only civilian preparatory school in the United States designated, endorsed, and selected by all five Service Academies as fully qualified to prepare their sponsored future cadets and midshipmen. Every year each of the five Academies entrusts fully qualified, sponsored cadets and midshipmen to Marion Military Institute.

Our Track Record: In 2018, Marion Military Institute prepared 96 young men and women earn appointments to their Academy of choice. Between 2015 and 2018 Marion Military Institute prepared and developed 368 men and women in earning appointments to the five Service Academies.

SAP Requirements 

All SAP candidates must be morally, physically, medically, and academically sound. All candidates must, as a minimum, meet all ROTC standards.

  • Age 17-22, U.S. Citizen
  • Unmarried with no dependents
  • ACT score of 24 or above, or
  • SAT score of 1160 (580 Math / 580 Evidence Based Reading & Writing)  or more with both a math and a critical reading scores above 580
  • 3.0 high school GPA

SAP Advisors

Meet our specialized SAP faculty advisors.

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SAP Scholarships

Our Service Academy Foundation offers a variety of scholarship opportunities.

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SAP Testimonials

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SAP Appointment History

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