Applications for West Point, Annapolis drop as recruiting woes hit service academies
Even the elite aren’t immune to the challenges of a pandemic and a red-hot job market.
The numbers of applications to freshmen classes at West Point and Annapolis were down sharply this year as the prestigious service academies struggle with the same recruiting crisis hobbling the rest of the U.S. military.
The Air Force Academy said it received 8,393 applications for the class of 2026, down from 11,599 for the class of 2025. Officials blame decisions made during the COVID-19 pandemic as the main culprit for the 28% drop....