The U.S. Service Academies Class of 2022

The Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Cambodia is pleased to invite young Cambodians to compete for appointment to the United States Service Academies (U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, U.S. Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London) for the Class of 2022 for those students entering the academy July 2018.

Students will graduate with a Bachelor’s of Science degree based on a stressful, demanding curriculum that will challenge you intellectually, militarily, and physically in an environment that promotes the development of character.

Foreign students get the same training, pay, and allowances as U.S. citizens, and are subject to the same rules and regulations. However, they will not serve in the US military or take an oath of allegiance to the United States. Appointees from Cambodia will sign a contract with the Ministry of National Defense to return and serve as officers in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces for a specified period of time.

Interested applicants must do the following:

  • Be unmarried and at least 17 years old, but not older than 23 on July 1, 2018.
  • Earn competitive scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).
  • Pass a test of their English proficiency. See the chart below for required tests—either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or English Comprehension Level (ECL)—depending on the academy.
  • Earn competitive scores on an Embassy-administered Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) or other required physical fitness test.
  • Have a medical exam showing they are free of communicable diseases or major health problems
  • Perform well in an individual interview administered by the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh
Army “West Point” Navy Air Force Coast Guard
Age Limit (1 Jul 2017) 17-22 17-22 17-22 17-22
English Language Test TOEFL TOEFL or ECL TOEFL or ECL TOEFL or ECL
Fitness Test CFA CFA CFA Other


All interested candidates must send their high school grades, SAT scores, TOEFL scores, and results from any fitness tests to ODCCambodia@state.gov no later than 1 November. The U.S. Embassy will screen candidate scores to determine whether they are competitive against other international candidates worldwide. The U.S. Embassy and Cambodian Ministry of National Defense will decide on final nominations.

ACADEMIC TESTING

All candidates must take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). The International School of Phnom Penh (ISPP) and Northbridge International School (NIS) are the official SAT test centers in Cambodia. The best and most efficient way to register is on-line at www.collegeboard.com Individuals registering online will need a credit card, however instructions for registration by mail are available at this website. Registration by mail does not require a credit card. Registration closes one month before the testing date. SAT test scores should be sent directly to the Academy using one of the below codes on the SAT registration form:

Army Navy Air Force Coast Guard
SAT Code 2924 5809 4830 5807


American College Test (ACT) is offered at Zaman University in Phnom Penh and at Jay Pritzker Academy in Siem Reap. Students wishing to apply next year may take the ACT, or they may forward their ACT scores to ODCCambodia@state.gov if they have already taken the ACT. However, the Embassy strongly recommends all candidates take the SAT no later than 7 October.

Register for the ACT at act.org. To ensure the correct academy or academies receive their test scores, candidates should note the codes below that correspond to each of the academies. When registering for the ACT they will be able to use these codes to send their scores to the academies of their choice.

Army Navy Air Force Coast Guard
ACT Code 2976 1742 0530 0600


The following test scores are considered “competitive” for the SAT and ACT:

SAT ACT
625 Math 26 Math
600 Reading 26 Verbal


The ODC may conduct a practice SAT to familiarize candidates with the test, dependent upon space availability. However, there are several study guides, practice tests, and other resources on the internet to prepare for the SAT and ACT. The Embassy cannot recommend one service over another.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is offered in Phnom Penh and Battambang. You must pay for this test. The U.S. Military Academy (“West Point”) will only accept the TOEFL.

The TOEFL is offered in Phnom Penh. Registration closes seven days before each test date. Register for the TOEFL at ets.org/toefl.

The other academies have agreed to accept the English Comprehension Level (ECL) test as proof of English language capability. The U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh can administer this test at no cost to a limited number of prospective candidates.

Other than the TOEFL and the ECL, there are no other acceptable tests of English.

The ODC may conduct a practice TOEFL to familiarize candidates with the test, dependent upon space availability. However, there are several resources available on the internet to prepare for the TOEFL. The Embassy cannot recommend one service over another.

A candidate will also be evaluated on their English skills by the SAT/ACT and in a personal interview.

PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING

The Candidate Fitness Assessment (CFA) is a six-part test administered by the U.S. Embassy to test the physical fitness of potential Academy candidates. It consists of push ups, sit ups, pull ups, a basketball throw, a shuttle run, and a 1 mile (1600 meters) run. For more information, please download the detailed Candidate Fitness Assessment guide (PDF: 812 KB).

The following scores are considered “competitive” for admission:

Event Male Female
Pull Ups (2 minutes) 9 3
Push ups (2 minutes) 54 33
Sit ups (2 minutes) 72 68
Basketball throw 21 meters 12 meters
10 meter shuttle run 8.8 seconds 9.7 seconds
1600 meter run 6:43 8:06


The Coast Guard Academy uses a different test of physical fitness. It consists of push ups, sit ups, and a 1.5 mile (2400 meters) run. The Office of Defense Cooperation will have limited opportunities for a fitness assessment during the Fall of 2017. Email ODCCambodia@state.gov to sign up for the next test.

PERSONAL INTERVIEW

After a candidate has scored well on all required tests, he or she may be interviewed by an American military Officer either via telephone or in person at the U.S. Embassy. This interview will evaluate a candidate’s attitude, demeanor, comfort speaking conversational English, and leadership potential.

MEDICAL EXAMINATION

After a candidate is told they have been nominated, he or she will undergo a medical evaluation. A physician will sign a statement certifying the nominee is in good health, physically fit and does not have any communicable diseases. The statement must also include the nominee’s height (in feet) and weight (in pounds). In addition, each candidate must have good vision and be free of major dental problems. Any costs associated with this medical examination must be borne by the nominee.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

All interested candidates must send their high school grades, SAT scores, TOEFL scores, and results from any fitness tests to ODCCambodia@state.gov no later than 1 November. The U.S. Embassy will screen candidate scores to determine whether they are competitive against other international candidates worldwide. The U.S. Embassy and Cambodian Ministry of National Defense will decide on final nominations.

For detailed information about the Academies and becoming an International Student, please visit their official websites:

Consult your local representative from the Ministry of National Defense for all questions regarding military service in the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces. For any other questions please contact the Office of Defense Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh at ODCCambodia@state.gov.