Is 25 to old of an age to graduate from West Point?

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  1. gridironkid

    gridironkid Member

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    I feel like the situation with older cadets/midshipmen is over looked because they are treated like any other cadet. I want to know the experience of one that has graduated from USMA in his or her mid-twenties knowing it took them a decade to get only B/S degree, how their 4 years went for them despite their age--especially for some that have a year or two to go at their civilian colleges (do they ever say "boy I wish I went back?"). Its funny how such a young age is looked at in a different perspective when it comes to graduating and going to school with those relatively younger than you.

    I wanted to go to USMA since my jr year in high school (2009-2010) however wasn't remotely qualified enough to do so. My only drive to attend west point is really because of the fact that I not only want to commission as an officer but will receive a quality education under military style regulation that will change me into the type of person that can do great things for others.
     
  2. kinnem

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    Can't comment on the age thing, but I would submit that the only thing that can change you "into the type of person that can do great things for others" is you. The academy may provide an environment that enables that transition, but it won't happen if YOU don't do it. Other environments can be just as conducive. Perhaps that's what you meant anyway but as stated I couldn't let it slide.
     
  3. GoArmyBeatNavy

    GoArmyBeatNavy Member

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    Not too old. You can't be 23 by July 1 of the year you enter except for certain waivers available to OIF and OEF veteran enlisted Soldiers.

    I did two years at a civilian school before entering West Point. A lot of older cadets in each class so you won't be that different. Your peers may be younger in age, but everyone is going through West Point for the first time.
     
  4. gridironkid

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    If I may ask, How old were you at the time of graduation? what was your experience like at USMA as well? did you feel like you were to late for anything?
     
  5. 1987JSD

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    Eisenhower was 25 when he graduated...enough said!
     
  6. Luigi59

    Luigi59 Banned

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    The class president in 2009 was 27 when he graduated.
     
  7. InHocSignoVinces

    InHocSignoVinces USMA Appointee C/O 2017

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    I'll be 26...
     
  8. MemberLG

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    24 when I gradauted. Nothing different as age does not equal maturity. Being able to legally drink outside the drinking as as a yearling was a plus.

    Unless you plan to have a short life, you won't be late for anything. You just won't win any youngest contest.
     
  9. Spud

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    So, what else do you have going on better?
     

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