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Class #53 Completion Ceremony



Now Accepting Enrollment for Class 55
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Note: If you were accepted to the class for last July, the recruiters will be in touch with you. Feel free to contact the recruiters if you have any questions.

The Maryland National Guard Freestate ChalleNGe Academy will resume in July 2021.  If you have already applied for the Academy that was scheduled to start in July 2020 or January 2021, please check back here by the end of February 2021 for updates and how we will move forward with Class 55.  If you have not applied, but would like to, February 2021 is the timeframe for you as well.  We wholeheartedly apologize for the delay and any inconvenience that this has caused and we look forward to welcoming you all in Summer 2021.  If you have any questions, please send them to

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Tough, Demanding, No-Nonsense, Structure, Discipline, Accomplishment! These are words that define the Freestate ChalleNGe Academy and lead to your future success!

Life is a challenge in many ways. Several youth have different life experiences, but in the end, many realize the same results. The Freestate ChalleNGe Academy gives youth the opportunity to change their lives around by providing a second chance to become productive citizens.

The purpose of the Freestate ChalleNGe Academy is to provide at-risk youth with academic, job skills and life skills training with emphasis on positive values in a structured environment that will give them hope and opportunity to become productive citizens.

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