Discussion in 'Military Academy - USMA' started by tjbusma, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. tjbusma

    tjbusma 5-Year Member

    Jan 12, 2010
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    I have been given a spot in the USMAPS class. However, I am an Army ROTC cadet in my second year. I could either graduate in 2 years through ROTC or go to USMAPS and graduate at WP in 5 years. This has been a tough decision because I would be starting over but West Point would be a great school to attend. I have been applying to WP for the past 3 years and it has been a major reason I joined ROTC but I didn't expect a Prep slot. Parts of me think I am crazy for second guessing USMAPS but other parts are saying their is nothing wrong with where you at.

    Any advice would be great. I don't want to make a bad decision.

  2. C/ 2nd Lt. McKnight

    C/ 2nd Lt. McKnight 5-Year Member

    Dec 6, 2009
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    It sounds like you really want to go to WP considering the fact that you continued to apply even after 2 rejections. As many people on this forum know, the admissions process is not an easy one. Would you want to throw away all that hard work just to graduate earlier? Also, what would you do if you were offered a direct appointment? Prep School only adds one more year.

    However in the long run it is up to you. No matter what you do, you will be serving your country as an officer in the military. The experiences you gain along the way is what will make the difference.
  3. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom 10-Year Member

    Jul 9, 2006
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    My daughter went to prep school with a kid who did just this. Two years of college then a year at Junior college then West Point.

    You have to figure out what is best for you and what you want. List the pros and cons.
    What are your long term goals? Which do you want more - to be an Army Officer or a West Point graduate?

    In two years, do you want to be finishing your Plebe year at West Point or starting your career in the Army as a 2nd LT?

    good luck to you!

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