A congressional or service-connected nomination is required to attend West Point. This is due January 31 of the academic year you begin college. Admission is based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential, physical fitness and receipt of a congressional or service-connected nomination. Candidates must be United States citizens, at least 17 and not yet 23 years old on July 1st of the year of admission. Candidates must not be married, pregnant or have a legal obligation to support a dependent. Documentation of citizenship is required. To compete for admission, candidates must also meet medical and physical qualification standards. Tuition, room, board, medical and dental care are at no cost; cadet's salary pays for uniforms and books. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. Graduates serve a minimum of five years active duty. May officially apply to West Point starting January of junior year of high school.
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