As evidenced on other threads, there are candidates that are struggling about which Service Academy is their number one choice. Thought this might be useful for those applicants who are trying to decide on which service academy is best for them if one of their choices is USMA. The branches that USMA cadets choose from are: COMBAT ARMS: Infantry: Infantry officers lead units that have the crucial mission of closing with the enemy by means of fire and maneuver in order to destroy, capture, or repel their assault by fire, close combat, and counterattack. Armor: The Mission of Armor is to close with and destroy the enemy using fire, maneuver, and shock effect. Field Artillery: Field Artillery officers lead units that have the critical mission of destroying, neutralizing or suppressing the enemy by cannon, rocket and missile fire and ensuring the integration of all supporting fires in Combined-Arms operations. Air Defense Artillery: Protect the Force and Selected Geopolitical Assets from Aerial Attack, Missile Attack and Surveillance. Aviation: The mission of Army Aviation is to find, fix, and destroy the enemy through fire and maneuver; and to provide combat, combat service and combat service support in coordinated operations as an integral member of the combined arms team. Corps of Engineers: Engineers support the battlefield commander by executing their four-fold tactical mission of mobility, counter mobility, survivability and general engineering, as well as providing topographical support to the Army COMBAT SUPPORT / COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT Signal Corps: The mission of the Signal Corps is to provide and manage communications and information systems support for the command and control of combined arms forces. Signal support includes Network Operations (information assurance, information dissemination management, and network management) and management of the electromagnetic spectrum. Signal support encompasses all aspects of designing, installing, maintaining, and managing information networks to include communications links, computers, and other components of local and wide area networks. Signal forces plan, install, operate, and maintain voice and data communications networks that employ single and multi-channel satellite, tropospheric scatter, terrestrial microwave, switching, messaging, video-teleconferencing, visual information, and other related systems. They integrate tactical, strategic and sustaining base communications, information processing and management systems into a seamless global information network that supports knowledge dominance for Army, joint and coalition operations. Military Police: Military Police Corps officers lead units in performing the five major functions associated with the branch -- area security; maneuver and mobility support; police intelligence operations; internment and resettlement; and law and order. Military Intelligence: Military Intelligence officers provide timely, relevant and accurate intelligence and Electronic Warfare (EW) support to leaders at all levels. MI officers lead, manage and direct intelligence planning and operations across the entire operational continuum. Chemical Corps: Chemical Corps officers protect the force and allow the Army to fight and win against a Nuclear Biological and Chemical (NBC) threat. Branch members develop doctrine, equipment and training for NBC defense that serve to deter potential adversaries possessing weapons of mass destruction. Adjutant General To train leaders and soldiers in providing personnel service support for the Army of today and the 21st century through excellence in doctrine, leader development, organization, material, and soldiers. Finance: The Finance Corps' Mission is to fund Army, Joint, and Combined Operations; execute timely commercial vendor and contract payments; and to provide pay and disbursing services, banking and currency services, and limited accounting on an area basis. Ordinance Corps: The purpose of the Ordnance Corps is to support the development, production, acquisition and sustainment of weapons systems and munitions, and to provide Explosive Ordnance Disposal, during peace and war, to provide superior combat power to current and future forces of the United States Army. Quartermaster Corps: The Quartermaster Corps provides supply support, field services, aerial delivery support, materiel and distribution management, combat development and doctrine, training, and professional developments to support the Total Army. Transportation Corps: Transportation Corps officers develop concepts and doctrine to perform transportation services and support functions for forces across the operational spectrum of the National Military Strategy. Transportation officers plan, schedule, and supervise the use of each mode of transportation for the effective movement of personnel and cargo. Medical Service Corps: To provide highly skilled and dedicated leaders who perform the clinical, scientific, administrative, command and support services essential to efficiently and effectively manage a quality, world-class health care system in support of the Army.