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CPT Charles Cook talks with us about his journey from student; to West Point; to the Air Force; to early retirement; then, back into reserve duty as member of the West Point Admission team.


West Point Admissions606 Thayer RoadWest Point, NY 10996

West Point Admissions606 Thayer RoadWest Point, NY 10996

Advance your career at West Point.

As the home of many of America’s most decorated officers, the name West Point is synonymous with the finest U.S. military traditions. Since 1802, the academy has educated, trained and inspired many of the Army’s greatest leaders.

West Point offers two special programs for current enlisted Soldiers seeking admission to the academy. Qualified Regular Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard Soldiers may be eligible for the Soldier Admissions Program to the United States Military Academy (USMA) or the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS), both at West Point, NY.

The Soldier Admissions Program allows enlisted Soldiers to receive a fully funded four-year West Point education (valued at about $450,000), a Bachelor of Science degree and, upon graduation, a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army.

The United States Military Academy Preparatory School is a 10-month program that prepares candidates selected by the USMA admissions office for the academic, physical and military challenges of the United States Military Academy.

Each year, only 85 cadetships go to Army National Guard or Army Reserve Soldiers—so naturally, these awards are extremely competitive. Soldiers must be recommended by their company (or higher) commanders. Admission to both programs is determined by the West Point admissions committee.

Eligibility Requirements
In addition to having a sincere interest in attending West Point and becoming an Army officer, applicants to either program must:


5) Candidate may be offered admissions to West Point prep school if they are deemed to be qualified but lacking in academic proficiency. West Point admissions through the prep school is extremely favorable as long as the student completes the program with minimum passing marks Post-Revolutionary War to Civil War
1835 & 1865 Printed Circulars Detailing "Qualification for Admission" to the Military Academy at West Point, NY
c. 1835 & 1865, Two Historic (U.S. War Department) Printed Circulars Concerning Admission Qualifications of Cadets to the Military Academy at West Point, J.J. Brandon, Lithographer, both Choice Extremely Fine.
Two original Printed Circulars, the first measures 7.75" x 9.75", 1 page with integral blank leaf, docketed on verso. It is important to point out that the first two West Point cadets graduated the Academy in 1802. By 1835, when this Imprint was produced, there were still only 30 to 45 Cadets admitted annually. President Andrew Jackson's War Department here issues what appears to be the first informational circular on the requirements for admission! 1837 is the earliest dated copy held by the Library of Congress.

1. 1835 Only Known Copy and extremely high quality example of this Jacksonian period West Point Admission Circular! This exceedingly rare and historic original circular is lithographed upon a very thin vellum-like paper, which was a very uncommon process at the time. No place or date within its text. It explains the basic guidelines for applicants to include in their applications and that selections are made in February or March each year. The applicant must be taller than "four feet nine inches; must be free from any deformity, desease, or infirmity, which would render him unfit for the Military Service, and from any disorder of an infectious or immoral character..." It specifies that... "Care... taken to distribute them as equally as circumstances will permit, over the various sections of the Country in proportion to the number of Senators and Representatives in Congress." Even its printing process is a great rarity, first used by Nathaniel Currier of Currier & Ives in 1834. We have located no other copy of this historic circular in any American Institution.

2. Accompanied by a second version, of thirty years later in 1865, which measures 5.25" x 8.25", 4 pages, Choice Crisp Extremely Fine. An updated version of the earlier circular, this one gives more detail on the 4 year course of study. It also specifies that "No person who has served in any capacity in the army or navy of the so-called Confederate States can be appointed." Printed on thin, fragile paper, small tear at left edge, pinhole on last page, overall very choice.

A remarkable find, lacking at the West Point Museum and Library. Of significant American military historic significance. 1835 being Likely Unique! (2 items).