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WASHINGTON, November 1, 1933. The following publication, entitled “Information Relative to the Appointment and Admission of Cadets to the United States Military Academy", is published for the information of all concerned.
(A.G. 351.27 (7-12-33).) BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:
Chief of Staf. OFFICIAL: JAMES F. McKINLEY, Major General,
The Adjutant General.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Military Academy:
Paragraph Its purpose--
1 Direction and supervision of
2 How to enter the Military Academy
3 Course as a cadet.Strength of the Corps of Cadets..
5 Filipino cadets..-
6 Appointments, how made
7 Selection of candidates: From States, congressional districts, and Territories
8 From honor military schools.
9 From among sons of deceased World War veterans.
10 From the National Guard.-
11 From the Regular Army-
12 Educational qualifications, how shown..
13 Entrance examination: When held.
14 Where held..
15 Schedule of mental examinations. Admission by regular mental examinations
18 and appendix A Plane geometry
19 and appendix A English grammar.
20 and appendix A English composition and English literature.
21 and appendix A History
22 and appendix A Admission by certificate and validating examinations. 23 and appendix B Certificate of high-school graduate
23 (1) Certificate of high-school senior...
23 (2) Certificate of "honor school" appointee not in upper 10 percent.
23 (3) Admission by certificate.
24 College certificate
24 (1) College entrance
24 (2) Board certificate plus high-school certificate “Honor school" appointee in upper 10 percent.
24 (4) Lists of subjects and credits on certificates
25 Definition of certain subjects: Mathematics A1
26 Mathematics A2.
27 Mathematics B.
28 Mathematics C.
29 Mathematics D.
30 Mathematics E.
31 English A.
32 English B.
33 History A.
34 History B
35 History C History D.
37. Definition of a unit of admission requirements.
38 General information as to certificates
39 Requirements as to age, height, and physical condition.
40 Preliminary physical examination.
41 Regular physical examination...
42 Physical requirements -
43 and appendix C Table of physical proportions for United States candidates
44 Table for Filipino candidates
46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53
Admission to the Academy:
Date of admission...
Oath of allegiance.-
Department of tactics.
Department of physics
54 55 56 57 58 59
68 69 70
Appendix A. Examples of regular examinations in algebra, plane geometry,
English grammar, English composition and literature, and
general and United States historyAppendix B. Examples of validating examinations in algebra, plane geom
etry, English grammar, and English composition and lit
erature Appendix C. Further causes for physical disqualification. (See par. 43).
INFORMATION RELATIVE TO THE APPOINTMENT AND ADMISSION OF CADETS TO THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY, WEST
POINT, N.Y. Communications relating to matters connected with the Military Academy, should be addressed to
The Adjutant General of the Army, Washington, D.C.)
THE MILITARY ACADEMY 1. The United States Military Academy is an institution established by the Government for the practical and theoretical training of young men for the military service. Its cadets are given a comprehensive and general education of collegiate grade and a sufficient basic military training to enable them to enter upon the duties of second lieutenant in any branch of the Army to which they may be individually assigned.
2. Direction and supervision of the Military Academy are vested by law in the War Department under such officer or officers as the Secretary of War may select, and, in accordance with this provision, the Chief of Staff has been designated as the officer in charge of all matters pertaining to the institution.
HOW TO ENTER THE MILITARY ACADEMY 3. The candidate for a cadetship, assuming that he is unmarried and that at the time of his proposed entrance he will come within the prescribed age limits, must follow the steps outlined below. He must first obtain an appointment to a vacancy, existing or prospective. He must then demonstrate that he measures up to certain physical and educational standards. His physical fitness is determined by examination; his educational qualifications may be shown by regular mental examination or by the submission of certain prescribed certificates with validating examination, or, in certain special cases, by certificate without mental examination. (See pars. 23 and 24.) If he be accepted, he reports at the academy on the first week day in July and, prior to admission, he is required to take the oath of allegiance and to subscribe to an engagement to serve the United States for a time subsequent to his graduation. (See par. 48.)
COURSE AS A CADET 4. Upon admission to the academy, he enters upon a 4-year course of study and training. The academic year extends from September 1 to June 4, the greater part of the remainder of the year being spent in camp and devoted to military training. At the end of his second year at the academy he is granted a furlough of about 10 weeks, which, with the exception of a few days during Christmas week of his second, third, and fourth years, is the only extended vacation which he receives. During the time that he remains a cadet, he is paid at the rate of $1,072 per annum. Upon graduation he may be commissioned as a second lieutenant in one of the branches of the Army.
The points brought out briefly in the paragraphs above are explained in detail in the following pages.
STRENGTH OF THE CORPS OF CADETS 5. The maximum authorized strength of the Corps of Cadets, excepting 4 Filipinos, is 1,374, appointed in number and from sources as follows: 4 from each State at large... 2 from each congressional distriet. 2 from each Territory. 4 from the District of Columbia. 2 from natives of Puerto Rico. 122 from the United States at large 180 from among the enlisted men of the Regular Army and of the National Guard, in number as nearly equal as practicable.. Total....
1, 374 1 of whom 2 are appointed upon the recommendation of the Vice President, 20 are selected from among the honor graduates of those educational institutions which have officers of the Regular Army detailed as professors of military science and tactics and which upon the determination of their relative standing at the last preceding annual inspection regularly made by the War Department were designated as "honor military schools”, and 40 are chosen
from among the sons of veterans who were killed in action or died prior to July 2, 1921, of wounds received or disease contracted in line of duty during the World War.
FILIPINO CADETS 6. In addition to the 1,374 mentioned above, the Secretary of War is authorized to permit not exceeding four Filipinos, to be designated one for each class by the Governor General of the Philippine Islands, to receive instruction at the United States Military Academy: "Provided, That the Filipinos undergoing instruction shall receive the same pay, allowances, and emoluments as are authorized by law for cadets at the Military Academy appointed from the United States, to be paid out of the same appropriations: And provided furthet, That said Filipinos undergoing instruction, on graduation shall be eligible only to commissions in the Philippine Scouts. And the provisions of section 1321, Revised Statutes, are modified in the case of Filipinos undergoing instruction, so as to require them to engage to serve for 8 years, unless sooner discharged, in the Philippine Scouts.” (35 Stat. 441.)
APPOINTMENTS, HOW MADE 7. The numbers mentioned above represent the maximum allowed at the Military Academy at any one time from the respective sources; consequently, no appointment can be made from any source except to fill a vacancy therefrom.
All appointments are made by the President and as follows:
From States at large and from congressional districts, upon the recommendations of the respective Senators and Representatives in Congress.
From the Territories, upon the recommendations of the respective Delegates in Congress.
From the District of Columbia, upon the recommendations of the commissioners thereof.
From Puerto Rico, upon the recommendation of the resident commissioner.
(Those cadets appointed from States at large, from congressional districts, from the Territories, from the District of Columbia, and from the island of Puerto Rico, must, under the law, be actual residents thereof, respectively.)
From among the honor graduates of educational institutions designated as "honor military schools," upon the recommendations of the heads of the respeetive schools.
From among the enlisted men of the National Guard of the States and Territories, and of the island of Puerto Rico, upon the recommendations of the respective governors thereof.
From among the enlisted men of the National Guard of the District of Columbia, upon the recommendation of the commanding general of the District Militia.
From among the enlisted men of the Regular Army, upon the recommendations of the commanding generals of the respective corps areas and territorial departments.
Appointments from the United States at large (excepting those from "honor military schools”, those chosen from among the sons of deceased World War veterans, and those appointed upon the recommendation of the Vice President) are made by the President upon his own selection, and as the result of a competitive examination, identical in every respect with the regular entrance examination.
SELECTION OF CANDIDATES 8. From States at large, congressional districts, and Territories.—The selection of candidates, by competitive examination or otherwise, for appointment from any State at large or congressional district, is entirely in the hands of the Senator or Representative in Congress who has the vacancy at his disposal, and all applications for appointment from those sources should be addressed to the proper Senator or Representative.
For each vacancy from a State at large, or congressional or Territorial district, three candidates should be nominated, one to be named as principal, one as first alternate, and one as second alternate. The first alternate, if qualified, will be admitted in the event of the failure of the principal; the second alternate, if qualified, will be admitted in the event of the failure of both the principal and the first alternate.
These candidates must, at date of admission, be between the ages of 17 and 22 years.
9. From "honor military schools.”—Honor graduates of "honor military schools” are selected for appointment as cadets of the United States Military *nademy in the following manner: There is maintained in the office of The Adjutant General of the Army s 'er of "honor military schools" as determined by annual War Department