Why not try this???

Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by sheriff3, Apr 7, 2014.

  1. sheriff3

    sheriff3 Member

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    One of DS cadets friends has been accepted to WP for the upcoming year. In this ever decreasing budget environment it seems silly for his fist year to be considered a "lost year" and for him to have to start over at WP. Has there ever been a discussion of having cadets in this situation just go start their academy experience as a sophomore?
     
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    I doubt it. It's not 4 years because of the academics, but because of the military and leadership training. You cannot validate out of that.
     
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    No shortcuts on graduating from USMA. It's a minimum 47-month journey. Like the previous poster stated, it's so much more than just academics.
     
  4. Stevewar2

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    Early Graduation

    During WW1, I think three classes graduated early. They brought one class back as LTs to finish up. I think they did this once or so in WW2. Very rare and not a good thing.
     
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    My ROTC daughter has two years of college under her belt, and has accepted an appointment to West Point. We do not consider those two years as "lost", but as preparation! While there is no testing out of classes, we were told that she may test up, in certain math or language classes. Also If you look at the course of study, it is quite a bit different than what is expected at a state college.


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  6. 1984USNA

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    Same here. DS has two years of college behind him and will be entering SA this July. Those two years were all part of his journey.


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  7. Sparrow

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    I actually will be graduating college in May, and entering West Point in July as a part of the C/O 2018. Even though a lot of people have told me that I wasted my time because I will have to retake classes, I think that they couldn't be more wrong. In my opinion, you're not just at a service academy for school, you're there to get an education and learn to be a leader of character. I just think the goals are a little different, and I wouldn't trade this opportunity for anything.
     
  8. tug_boat

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    No one transfers in....unless you're Chuck Norris

    I wish you could just transfer in, HaHa. Everyone who has ever graduated from WP had to endure R-Day its an important right-of-passage to experience. R-Day is the transformation of being a civilian to a Plebe, giving up yourself, your identity to the corps. and the Army.

    The scope and depth of a Cadets education-transformation is unparallel by other academies. You are not only challenged academically, physically, mentally, spiritually to harden your core values-character. No other college can match this. This is why the selection is so strict.

    Your grades will be based upon to name a few things, boxing (men), grappling (women), core classes, company grades, AFPT, CFT, summer programs, CBT, service, sports, MIAD, AIAD, time management, height-weight ratios, survival swimming, leadership and that’s just the first year.

    As one poster has already mentioned, it’s a minimum 47-month experience and when you complete that, then its the practical application educational experience of military service. And now that the military is down sizing the competition will be fierce to advance in rank and opportunities.

    Your year or two in college is just a small effort to prepare for the next ten years of your life. If you planned your future goals correctly, those credits could be applied towards graduate course work. 80% of West Pointers continue their education by perusing a Masters Degree.

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