Foreign cadets

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  1. Linh Nguyen

    Linh Nguyen New Member

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    I am a student in Vietnam. Know that West Point is a famous and prestigious academy that is only for US citizen, how can I be a part of it as a foreigner?
     
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    fencersmother Founding Member

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    I am not positive that VietNam is considered an "invited nation."
     
  4. NavyHoops

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    I honestly have no idea. I have been surprised at some of the nations foreign Cadets and Mids have come from to be honest. Many I thought would not fall into that category and they somehow did. So who knows.
     
  5. Pima

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    I am with NavyHoops.

    I was always under the impression that you must go through your govt and the US embassy for this process. In other words, maybe your country says yes, but our country says no...or vise a verse. You need both to say yes.

    I always see this as on par with something akin to an exchange program. You would attend, but go back to your country when it was done.
    ~ I look at the rated world in the AF. We train many pilots from around the world, but their country must agree to release them, and our country must agree to train them.
     
  6. Capt MJ

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    The majority of foreign cadets and midshipmen attend a U.S. Service Academy as part of an aid package or formal agreement from the U.S. Department of State in support of national security strategy. It's an investment by the U.S in building strong relations through the military connections forged, and the exposure to American culture. The foreign midshipmen and cadets often do a year at their own country's academy first, come to a U.S. Service Academy, receive the degree, get commissioned in their own country's military service or complete obligated government civil service.

    I said "majority" above, based on my knowledge of foreign midshipmen at the Naval Academy. I never met any that weren't part of a formal exchange program through their country's military and diplomatic corps.

    Wikipedia tells me there are Vietnamese military academies of various types. That would be a place to ask questions. They would certainly know if there was any agreement to send Vietnamese academy students to the U.S Academies.

    Good luck to you, Original Poster. Wanting to serve is an admirable thing.
     
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  7. Mman5247

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    The US Merchant Marine Academy is also accepting foreign students. I wrote to admissions to confirm. See response below.

    >Yes we are accepting International Students for the class of 2020. Students from Vietnam are welcome. I am the International Student Recruitment Officer for the Academy in addition to my other duties. Please do not hesitate to contact me for answers to any additional questions you may have.


    Keith L. Watson
    Lieutenant Commander, USMS
    Assistant Director of Admissions & Financial Aid
    U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
    Admissions Office
    Phone: 516.726.5642
    (Fax) 516.773.5390
     
  8. MemberLG

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    From the link

    'To apply for admission to West Point, contact the U.S. Defense Attaché Office at the American Embassy in your country. This office serves as the link between the student, the host nation and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point."
     

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