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    Firstie at West Point branched cyber. Ask me anything.

    EECS classes are taught in Thayer Hall. Mayan is generally for international relations and law. The first floor of Thayer is where the EECS department is, but not all classes are taught there. There are several research labs in the EECS department that are absolutely top notch. There are a few...
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    Firstie at West Point branched cyber. Ask me anything.

    Yes, because everyone goes to Fort Gordon, on our post night we selected BOLC dates. You can move away from Fort Gordon after you finish BOLC, but from my understanding most of the positions are at Fort Gordon or maybe Fort Meade (in DC).
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    Firstie at West Point branched cyber. Ask me anything.

    There aren't many EOD slots. I don't know the exact number but it's definitely a lot less than cyber, like maybe 10-20 slots I think.
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    Firstie at West Point branched cyber. Ask me anything.

    Depends on the AOC. 17A and 17D don't get attached to combat units like a 17B might. 17A is "cyber warfare officer", 17B is electronic warfare, and 17D is developer. 17A is the 2nd largest, 17B is the largest, and 17D is by far the smallest (develop new hacking capabilities for 17A to deploy)...
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    Firstie at West Point branched cyber. Ask me anything.

    It is not required, but a majority of people who branched cyber were computer science (probably at least half of the 40 cyber slots), about 5-10 were IT/cyber science/ electrical engineering, and the rest miscellaneous other majors. They might be increasing the slots next year, but this year...
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    Firstie at West Point branched cyber. Ask me anything.

    There is a lot of coding, but the most important thing they teach is how to solve complex problems using computer science principles. If you are trying to get better in the field of computer science, don't spend your time jumping from language to language trying to learn as many as you can...
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    Firstie at West Point branched cyber. Ask me anything.

    Sure, absolutely. Shoot me a private message and we can set that up.
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    Firstie at West Point branched cyber. Ask me anything.

    Yes, we do a lot of coding in the computer science department (I'm a computer science major, although that isn't necessary to branch cyber. It does give you best chance, though). Most of the programming here is done in C, python, and scala. However, I would mention to your DS, that the language...
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    Firstie at West Point branched cyber. Ask me anything.

    As per title; firstie at WP graduating in May, branched cyber. AMA.
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    Hi, Yuk year is tough. It's been my least favorite year, worse than plebe year all things...

    Hi, Yuk year is tough. It's been my least favorite year, worse than plebe year all things considered. The most important thing to mention is to think about things in a big picture view. I tell myself when it gets tough - life is not about short term pleasures. If you understand that the...
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    Currently a Cow at West Point. Ask me Anything

    Well, it's harder than high school, I can say that much. A lot of what makes it hard (in my personal experience) are group projects which require coordination with other cadets, and the general time management aspect. In high school I never had a problem with getting all of my work done to a...
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    Currently a Cow at West Point. Ask me Anything

    For a female, any number of complete pull ups is good. I'm serious, I think the average is like 1 pullup. When I was training for the pullups, I just bought a pullup bar and would try doing as many pullups as I could each day. It only takes like 5-10 minutes a day to significantly improve in...
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    Currently a Cow at West Point. Ask me Anything

    Honestly I don't know a ton about what cyber officers do (or really what any officers do in specific). I know that might sound surprising considering I'm a cadet, but actually most cadets don't have a very good understanding of what officers actually do. Your time as a cadet is do develop your...
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    Currently a Cow at West Point. Ask me Anything

    No, I haven't really heard of that. That doesn't mean it's not a thing that happens - I'm just out of the candidate lingo since I'm a few years removed from that. I will say this - getting an LOA does not guarantee a nomination, but it helps. You need to focus on what you can actively influence...
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    Currently a Cow at West Point. Ask me Anything

    You don't really need to stand out to get a slot for air assault school. They have the 101st come up and teach it here on campus every summer and run through several classes, usually about 600+ cadets in total. I've really never heard of somebody wanting air assault and not being able to get it...
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    Currently a Cow at West Point. Ask me Anything

    Yeah like TheAmericanDefender said, basically if you are a candidate that would be competitive for admission then you really won't have a hard time getting a nomination because nominations are less competitive than admission for the most part. I have heard of nominations being "found" but...
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    Currently a Cow at West Point. Ask me Anything

    I won't be too specific, and honestly the congressional district is not that important. Any candidate competitive for admission will not have a problem getting a nomination. 2. GPA High school weighted an A in a regular class as 4.0, and an A in an AP class as 5.0 Weighted GPA 4.551 Class rank...
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    Currently a Cow at West Point. Ask me Anything

    I did apply to a handful of other civilian schools, and though I got into all that I applied to (including some very good ones) I ultimately decided not to go since I did not have a route to finance college without taking debt. I didn't apply for ROTC because I didn't want to half-ass my service...
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    Currently a Cow at West Point. Ask me Anything

    Extra curriculars are great, there seems to be a club for basically anything you could be interested in. Parachute, marathon, powerlifting, jiu jitsu, cyber, boxing, combat weapons, and many others including non-military clubs like the glee club or gospel choir. I absolutely love the...
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    Currently a Cow at West Point. Ask me Anything

    The people I know who strongly want to go Aviation are still planning on going Aviation. Generally speaking I think it has slightly reduced the interest in Aviation, especially among people who weren't planning as requesting it as their first choice.
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