Annually, approximately 220 high school candidates are selected nationally for the opportunity to experience cadet life at the United States Coast Guard Academy for one week. The application deadline is 31 March for high school students in the spring of their junior year.
The application package is submitted to the US Coast Guard Academy. Candidates needing assistance should contact the Commander of Flotilla 38. The candidates are rated numerically by an Auxiliary scoring system based on a combination of an interview, board score, high school PSAT or PLAN test scores and a high school transcript. Ideally, candidates are well-rounded students involved in various school activities, athletics and community service. The number of AIM (Academy Introduction Mission) candidates for a geographic area is based on the number of Auxiliary divisions in each district or region. Candidates normally come from the upper twenty-five percent of high school junior classes.