Deadline for appointment

jl123

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When is the Appointment deadline for decisions?
Technically R-Day. Realistically, appointments will slow to a trickle by the end of May. However, they will keep making appointments into June if there are openings.
 

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Technically R-Day. Realistically, appointments will slow to a trickle by the end of May. However, they will keep making appointments into June if there are openings.
Sorry for the confusion, I meant for acceptance, not for the decision itself.
 

jl123

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Sorry for the confusion, I meant for acceptance, not for the decision itself.
Last year it was April 15th. This year it May 1st, which aligns USMA with the response date of most civilian colleges.

However, an offer of appointment made later in the process will not be given such a long response time and an offer made close to the deadline will be given longer. Usually a candidate gets at least two weeks to decide. An offer made very late in the cycle may get a shorter response time.
 

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There are actually a few kids who are on stand-bye during R-day, and in hyland falls in case of late declines of appointments, or to fill spots when kids change mind while waiting in line. When we were listening to the welcome to West Point speech, which ends in you have 60 seconds to say goodbye, the gal seated in front of us started crying and saying she isn't going. Her parents were trying to talk her into going. Was hard to watch.
 

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There are actually a few kids who are on stand-bye during R-day, and in hyland falls in case of late declines of appointments, or to fill spots when kids change mind while waiting in line.
I don't believe I have ever heard that and I've been around a long time. USMA understands that some may leave on R-Day but I don't think they have people packed and waiting in Highland Falls hoping to get the call to run through the gates and become a New Cadet.
 

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I don't believe I have ever heard that and I've been around a long time. USMA understands that some may leave on R-Day but I don't think they have people packed and waiting in Highland Falls hoping to get the call to run through the gates and become a New Cadet.
We were told kids were waiting at the McDonald's. I can't confirm it, and so perhaps it isn't true, but there were several folks discussing it
 

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Families and kids who show up on R-Day hoping for a spot are misinformed. One cadet candidate who drops on R-Day or later does not equal one open spot. Candidates are notified through official channels prior to and perhaps right up to R-Day, but the academy accounts for attrition and will fill gaps by adjusting the next incoming class, not on R-Day. This is why people who lament that R-Day/Beast/Plebe-year drops deprived some other kid of a spot do not understand the process--the drop rate is built into the number of appointments offered for each incoming class. As it was explained to us, USMA plans to commission about 1,000 officers each year (or whatever the adjusted number is to meet the Army's needs). The number of appointments offered each year accounts for an expected number of turn-downs, the graduating size of previous recent classes, and an expected number of attritions for that class right up to graduation. That's why the incoming class of 2019 was 1257, the class of 2020 was 1300+, and so on.

The number of appointments each year is a function of previously determined yield management and does not account for hopefuls sitting at McDonald's.
 
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