USMA Graduation: Where do I go?

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  1. Florida

    Florida Member

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    I've been reading threads for months and really appreciate all the answers I've seen. Maybe I accidentally skipped over this topic, but I am wondering about cadets' choices of jobs after graduation.

    I recently received my appointment to West Point, and I plan on entering with a major in mechanical engineering with a possible minor in Spanish. Upon graduation, do graduates get placed in an occupational field by West Point or do graduates choose their field based on their major?

    For example, would a civil engineer major be given the opportunity to enter the Army Corps of Engineers? Or would that same graduate be given an officer position based on some other criteria?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Ken2012

    Ken2012 Prospective

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  3. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    Check out that post Ken2012 gave the link to. Your branch will have nothing to do with your major. It all depends on your class rank. The higher the class rank the higher the chance you have of getting the "job" you want. You can branch to be an engineer with an engineering major or a history major.
     
  4. ngnear

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    Ditto to what America's Finest said, but clarity is important: you can branch Engineers with any major, but you can only become an engineer (with a little "e" -- a person who can go on to get a PE license) by studying engineering-- either by getting the degree or by loads of on-the-job experience. Most states won't let you sit for the licensing exams unless you have an engineering degree, but a few still might.

    Becoming a good officer makes you fit for command in whichever branch you land in; what you major in will give you unique insight into particular aspects of that job.

    That said, kudos on your decision to study at the nation's FIRST department of engineering; also likely the nation's FINEST. :biggrin:
     

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