How to Win an Appointment at West Point

Aiming for a good solid career in the military has long been the desire of many young Americans. West Point is the United States Military Academy located in West Point, New York. It is the oldest military academy (1802) in the U.S.and it trains,educates and inspires more Army cadets into officers than any other single institution. It is a great honor to win an appointment at West Point.


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    Understand that if you get appointed in the Corps of Cadets in West Point, you will receive a free four year college education including room and board. (That is valued at excess of $350,000.00) Your medical and dental bills will also be covered by the U.S. Army. You will be attending a historic institution located on 16,000 acres in the Hudson Valley about 50 miles (80 km) from NYC.In return,when you graduate, you will serve as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army for five years.
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    Know the rules. You have to be a U.S. citizen and between 17 and 23 years of age to apply. You can not have a child that is dependent on your financial support and you can not be pregnant or married.
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    Apply the candidate questionnaire online only if you can meet the requirements of high academic scores, hard physical demands and pass excellent medical exams.The Military Academy is very selective about who it lets in. It is a very hard academic school with high standards. You must have excellent moral character which means being very honest, never cheating or stealing, loyal, brave, having strong values and good habits. You must receive a nomination. You must pass the Department of Defense medical Exam.
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    Study hard in high school ( at least a 3.5 or higher) and get great scores in the SAT test. The Academy really looks hard at your high school experience.
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    Work hard to become a leader. Run for different office and leadership positions while in school and community.You must provide personal references so impress your teachers, principal and religious leaders in your area.
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    Schedule a visit with the admissions office to see West Point for yourself. They allow you to visit from 8AM to 1PM. You can do this online.


  • You will earn a Bachelor of Science degree and most likely be commissioned as second lieutenant. Not only will you serve 5 years in the U.S. Army but you will also be in the reserve for 3 more years.
  • Start young. You can enter the "Summer Leaders Seminar" program when only a junior in high school if you meet the requirements. They pick 800 juniors out of 4,000 and you can apply online. You will spend a week doing military training, academic workshops and sports training. It will cost you around 300 dollars to attend plus travel expense.
  • The Academy is looking for people who can think and act under stress and not fall apart. If you are very sensitive this might not be the right fit for you as they will constantly test you.
  • If you get accepted as a cadet, your books, personal computer, uniforms are paid for by the Army.
  • If you are a woman or a minority that can be a plus, West Point is looking at everyone.


  • They only admit under 1,200 cadets a year so it is very hard but not impossible to get in.

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