USMA or USMMA

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  1. NYBEAR

    NYBEAR Member

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    Have a tough decision to make by 1 May. Have researched all the pros and cons of both West Point and Kings Point, but still can not decide, just yet.

    I understand all the obvious. Do not attend West Point unless you desire to be a 2 Lt in the Army. However, it is my understanding that one can commission into the Army from Kings Point, as one of several options?

    Have heard from several different sources that the academics are better/tougher at Kings Point but the regimental instruction is better at West Point?

    I would appreciate any input to help resolve my immediate dilemma. Thanks
     
  2. sturner11

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    I HIGHLY doubt that Kings Point has better academics due to the sheer amount of money the Dept of the Army is allocated in comparison to the other Departments. USMMA is generally easier to get into that the USMA.

    I am assuming you have applied and been accepted to both?
     
  3. Dixieland

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  4. vampsoul

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    If you know you want Army, go USMA. USMMA is a great school, and yes you can commission into the Army from there, but it is designed to be a sea oriented school. If you don't want to go to sea you will not enjoy sea year.
     
  5. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    I have never heard of USMMA's academics being harder than any of the service academies. You might want to check those sources.
     
  6. CPT_Claw

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    Tougher maybe, but ...

    I understand that USMMA is perhaps considered 'tougher' because of the scheduling. Doesn't USMMA compress the academic schedule into three years because of a year at sea?

    Those more knowledgeable in KP affairs, please feel free to illuminate any misconceptions/ignorance.
     
  7. lgottliebdds

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    My DS is in his frist year at USMMA. I would say if are sure you want to be in the Army then go USMA. If you want to keep your options open then USMMA is great. If you want to have an experience of a lifetime where by the age of 22 you will have visited perhaps 6 continents and numerous countiries then USMMA is the place to be. Remember that at USMMA you options for majors is limited. There is no such a thing as a liberal arts degree.
    The academics are tough both because it is condensed into 3 years and because it is engineering oriented. When you have completed your committments to the military an engineering degree will in all likelyhood get you a good job in the private sector. There is certainly less regimental "stuff" at USMMA. This can be a plus or a minus depending on your attitude.
     
  8. kp13

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    Out of curiosity how many credits do plebes take plebe year at USMA?
     
  9. America's Finest

    America's Finest USMA Cadet

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    38 credits Plebe year if you're taking the baseline core classes.
     
  10. kp13

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    Ok well for the fact check you were looking for, I'm a straight deck (one of the easier majors) and I'm finishing up 50 credits by the end of this year. Friends of mine are taking upwards of 55 credits.
     

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