The United States Military Academy at West Point is an esteemed institution that has produced countless leaders and heroes. As a premier military academy, earning a coveted spot at West Point is a dream for many high school students. To help you navigate the complex admissions process, we are excited to introduce our updated West Point book: West Point Admissions Secrets: Complete Guide to Earning an Appointment – Calculate Your Whole Candidate Score.

What’s Inside Our West Point Admissions Book?

High competition for West Point appointments: Thousands of students apply to West Point every year, but only a small percentage are admitted. Understanding the admissions process is crucial to standing out from the competition.
The crucial role of the Whole Candidate Score: West Point uses the Whole Candidate Score to evaluate applicants. Maximizing this score can increase your chances of earning an appointment.

 Our book offers a step-by-step approach, covering all aspects of the admissions process. Learn from those who have successfully navigated the admissions process and gain insider tips to improve your application.

We go behind the scenes, discussing what future Army officers can do now to ensure they excel when their admissions package reaches the West Point admissions board during the fall of their senior year of high school.

While this book is geared toward students who will graduate from high school in 2024, who will make up the class of 2028, we encourage students and parents in all grades, from middle school on up, to learn what it takes to be a strong candidate.

Learning about West Point

In our how to get into West Point book, we cover 10 steps to expect as you prepare mentally to start the application process and become a candidate. We recommend getting the West Point experience by taking full advantage of Summer Leader’s Experience (SLE) during the summer between junior and senior year.

Our book is divided into several chapters, each covering a specific aspect of the West Point admissions process:

  • Understanding West Point and its Admissions Process
  • The Whole Candidate Score – A Detailed Explanation
  • Academic Performance and Standardized Test Scores
  • Leadership and Extracurricular Activities
  • Physical Fitness and the Candidate Fitness Assessment
  • The Congressional Nomination Process
  • Crafting Your Personal Statement and Essays
  • The Interview Process
  • The Medical Examination and Waivers

Strategies to Maximize your Whole Candidate Score

West Point evaluates candidates using the Whole Candidate Score (WCS). This score is calculated based on a combination of academic performance, leadership experience, physical fitness, and character. Our book provides a step-by-step guide on how to calculate your own WCS and thus gives candidates insight on steps you can take now to improve it and increase your odds of earning an appointment.

Importance of a Holistic Approach

Our guide emphasizes the need for a well-rounded application, highlighting the importance of excelling in academics, leadership, physical fitness, and other critical areas.

Our West Point admissions book is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to increase their chances of earning an appointment.

You can purchase a digital copy of the book here or a physical copy through Amazon.

We hope this book helps you on your path to becoming a Army and wish you the best on your journey to serve our nation!

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LTC Kirkland and Captain Dach

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Kirkland (USA, Ret.) is an expert on military admissions and leadership. He served for over 25 years in the United States Army, including stints as an instructor at West Point and as a commander of two Army ROTC programs. Former Air Force Captain Trisha Dach served as an Intelligence Officer from 2011-2018. A graduate of the Air Force Academy. They have helped hundreds of candidates secure appointments and ROTC scholarships. Together, they help educate parents and students on military propensity, leadership, and Academy admissions.

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