Hey guys, Mike here. I didn't know where else to post this question so I'm doing it here.
I'm a high school student (still a freshman) trying to get into West Point and I stumbled across this Get Into Academy website. There are some webpages about how to get into West Point and such, but I was wondering if this is valid advice.
Thanks in advance. Go Army!
Posting again. Here's the document in question: A Cadet Sergeant's Guide
Get GREAT grades. A's and A+'s only from now on. Play sports, at least 2. Make them team sports (football, lacrosse). Do clubs after school (Keet Club (sp?)). Community service is a must. You should have 100+ hours logged by the time you graduate. Gain a leadership position in your school, whether it be on a sports team or a school club. If your school has Army JROTC, join it and participate in it thoroughly.
Good Grades and extracurricular activity will get you in. You are going to want to be in the top 10% of your class when you graduate. Take AP and Honors courses also.
(I know this because my friend was accepted into West Point..)
Thanks. I like to hear about real examples of students who got in.
Mike, I got in this winter. See my post in Army General Discussion.
Looks pretty well-covered. If you have any questions, I'm in my third year at the Academy. Shoot me a message.
Be an Eagle Scout.
If you're not already involved in Boy Scouts as a high school freshman, this is pretty tough to do, especially on top of all the A's you WILL be studying for and the varsity sports you WILL be playing. But if you're alreadsy involved in scouting, then if at all possible, push for that Eagle Scout rank. (Try looking into Sea Scouts and Venturing too, if it's in your area.)
The service academies (and ROTC as well) just plain LOVE Eagle Scouts. I'm thoroughly convinced me being an Eagle Scout was a big factor in my selection for an ROTC scholarship, cause I'll admit I'm not really stellar anywhere else.
I read a few years ago that over half of all service academy cadets are Eagle Scouts. Considering that came from a BSA pamphlet, I'm not sure how much to trust it, but still, even when you take into account the fudge factor, that's a big proportion. When my best friend was applying for West Point (he ended up getting in) one of the first questions the liasons always asked him was if he was an Eagle Scout.
And if you decide to go the enlisted route, there are enlistment bonuses available for Eagle Scouts.
If nothing else, try to spend some time with your local Boy Scout troop, just to be able to say you were a Scout.
why would you want to go to West Point?
lol sorry i just finished Buckner this summer and I'm still having flashbacks!!
Did you do Buckner as an ROTC cadet or a West Point Cadet? I think it was a great mix to bring in the ROTC cadets to train side-by-side w/ USMA Cadets. We sent one this summer from San Diego State. MAJ Hoskinson
Yes, my ROTC program sent me. It definitely was a good experience to have because of the training as well as all of the networking opportunities you get.
Make sure while you are doing your application to WP you are also applying for an ROTC scholarship. We sent a freshman from our school for the last two years to WP when they reapplyed. Have a good backup and don't give up.
Wanted to bump this thread back up a bit. Tis the season for admissions questions. Email me if you like.
Ask one of the moderators to make this a "stickey" so it stays up at the top, that would help get the word out. You will get much more feedback.
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A freind of mine got into the air force academy. He started to write his congress rep. during the start of his sophmore year. He was on the swim team and german club. had like 3.7, just be really quick to apply and get that recomendation. He also was logging flying hours so that might have helped him.
2, other guys i went to high school with got into a academy, another AF and one Navy. And a girl I dated turned down west point for cornell.
If you want it you can do it. There are plenty poeple at that level just keep those grades up and be active in your community
Did you get into West Point, Mikex1337?
Hey i am a high school junior wondering if what i am doing would be good enough to be competitive to get into wp. I am 17 and working on my eagle scout. I have a varsity letter for soccer and debate and am in my high school marching band. I am also active in JROTC and will be in my cities Mayors Youth Council. And for the past four summers i have worked a summer job as grounds crew for a shopping center.
In school i have a 4.0 GPA and on my PLAN test i got a projected ACT of 30-33.
I'm sorry i am so long winded i was just hoping i might be able to get some more detailed feedback. I know wp is super Competitive.
Any help or feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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