TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City will host a woman who was recently accepted into the United States Coast Guard Academy and her family for a visit to the unit Monday.
Sydney Arendt will begin her schooling at the Coast Guard Academy, one of the nation’s five military service academies, during the summer of 2017.
The event will welcome Arendt and her guests to the Coast Guard and acquaint them with Coast Guard missions and operations. They will arrive at the air station at 11 a.m. for a tour and lunch with commissioned officers and prior Coast Guard Academy graduates.
The Coast Guard Academy has an acceptance rate of approximately 16 percent. As many as 4,000 high school students start the application process, with only 2,000 being evaluated for an appointment. Roughly 300 applicants are offered full appointments. Those chosen must have demonstrated proven accomplishment, particularly in math and science, and possess strong leadership skills.
At the academy, cadets complete four years of rigorous academic and military training. Following graduation, most newly commissioned officers report for duty aboard Coast Guard vessels and shore stations across the country, while up to 10 percent of a class may be sent directly to flight school at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.
Graduates of the academy are obligated to serve five years in the Coast Guard, though many choose to make a life-long career in the organization.
Arendt’s father is a resident of northern Michigan and serves his community as a Michigan state trooper.
Applications for the Coast Guard Academy’s summer introduction program, exclusively for students preparing to enter their senior year of high school, will be accepted until April 1. The program, dubbed AIM, is designed to test and inspire those interested in serving their country and humanity as officers in the nation’s oldest continuous maritime service. Those accepted spend six non-stop days immersed in Coast Guard Academy tradition and cadet life.