New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs

How to Apply


The following is the pre-application that will be reviewed for acceptance into the NJYCA. Please note that completion of this application is for review purposes only and does not guarantee acceptance.

Acceptance will additionally be based upon an interview, meeting the basic eligibility requirements and completion of the official application. All applicants will be notified via U.S. mail regarding whether or not they have been accepted into the academy.

NJYCA Cadet Pre-Application [PDF 129KB]

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Completing and submitting the above pre-application is the first step in the enrollment process. This application will help us determine if you meet the basic eligibility criteria. Please fill it out on your computer and email it to:

Note: You will receive the official application in person when you are interviewed.

If you have any questions about the application or the entry requirements, please contact the Recruiting Office at the following telephone number: (609) 556-6080. Or you may contact the Recruitment Placement Mentoring (RPM) Office at the following email address:

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The applicant must be a citizen or legal resident of the United States and New Jersey
  2. The applicant must be between 16 - 18 years of age
  3. The applicant must not be parole, probation, or deferred disposition for other than juvenile offenses
  4. The applicant must be drug and alcohol free. Academy participants will be drug-tested while enrolled in the Academy
  5. The applicant must unemployed or underemployed
  6. The applicant must be officially withdrawn from High School

A mandatory drug screen will be conducted either on In-Processing Day or during the Acclimation Phase of the academy (Weeks #1 - 2). Candidates will be discharged if they test positive for the presence of illegal drugs