How to Get Into West Point’s Military Academy March 10, 2012

Nothing like the weekend, to set shopping and home decor aside, for a subject totally unrelated!

If you have a child or grandchild, who might appreciate life in the military, I can’t think of a better way to get started, than through any of the service academies. The Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy and the Army’s West Point make up our military academies.

It seems that cadets fall into two groups. They are either extremely smart or bright and dedicated athletes. My daughter falls into the latter category. 20120310-221905.jpg
As with just about everything in life, being at the right place at the right time also comes in handy. Just ask my daughter. 20120310-222154.jpg
I thought I’d give you a parent’s perspective of what’s required to get accepted, in case you know a potential candidate.
1. As I said before, academics and athletics go hand-in-hand at West Point. They believe that the “all for one and one for all” team approach builds good leaders. Betsy was recruited for the Women’s (championship) Rugby team.
2. Be involved in Junior ROTC in high school. It may not get you into a service academy, but it’s a great introduction to the discipline of a military career.
3. Don’t get into trouble. Stay miles away from drugs. Or else be a very good liar.
4. Speaking of lying…The Army has a very strict “Code of Honor”… Thou shall not lie, cheat or steal or tolerate anyone who does. It’s a very big deal! As far as I’m concerned, that alone, is worth the price of admission.
5. The student has to really want to go to an academy. This isn’t something the parents can negotiate. There are applications, essays, meetings before a review panel to get a congressional nomination, and no one can make it happen but the student.

Trust me when I say it will be a stellar education, with small classes, every tool possible for success and high expectations.

Gone are the days of hazing or harassing the female student population. There’s plenty of room for everyone to succeed.



Founded in 1802, West Point is the oldest of the academies, with an amazing history.

If you are ever nearby an academy, traveling with your children, I hope you’ll consider taking a tour of a campus, to learn more.

Go Army!

Best to you this Sunday!,

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  1. Debbie on March 10, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Love the photos of Betsy and her very proud momma.

  2. Shirley@housepitalitydesigns on March 11, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Congratulations to your daughter on such an honor to be selected to West Point…I am sure that you are so very proud of shows in your writing and the smile on your face…

    Thank you for the “tour”…

  3. Carolyn@Sweet Chaos on March 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I have many fond memories of tailgating at West Point football games as a kid. Such a beautiful place! Congratulations to your daughter. Go Army…. Beat Navy… 🙂

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