Service Academy Preparatory Schools as a Resource for Racial/Ethnic Diversity in the Officer Corps [open pdf - 447KB]
"Originally created with the intent of equipping enlisted personnel for appointment to Service academies, Service academy preparatory schools now also provide an avenue for civilian applicants who do not receive Service academy appointments. Those who complete the 10-month preparatory school curriculum--a blend of academics, military training, and physical fitness--then have the opportunity to enter the relevant Service academy the following year. The Service academy preparatory schools have also become an important tool in diversity outreach and recruiting for the academies. For example, recent data indicate that around 50 percent of preparatory school enrollees have been racial/ethnic minorities, and a considerable percentage of these students continue on to successfully graduate from the Service academies. Thus, the preparatory schools represent one avenue for increasing demographic diversity within the Service academies."
Military Leadership Diversity Commission Issue Paper No. 39
Department of Defense Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity: http://diversity.defense.gov/