1. What year groups are currently under consideration and when can those officers selected expect to start graduate school?
We are currently considering officers from Year Groups 07, 08, and 09. If your career timeline does not meet these requirements by year group, but you are still interested in applying, please contact the XO for faculty recruiting listed above to see if an exception is available.
Selected officers can expect to receive offers from the Department between February and March of 2014. Those officers can then expect to apply to graduate programs with an anticipated start date during August or September of 2015. All officers selected must be available to start school according to that timeline. Depending upon an officer’s year group and career timeline, a one year deferment may be offered at the discretion of the department.
2. Is there a list of minimum requirements needed to be competitive for these positions?
No. However, you must have a strong military record of service, an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher, and competitive scores on the Graduate Readiness Examination (GRE).
3. What is the approximate number of applicants each year?
The total number varies from year to year, but we generally have about 70 fully-qualified candidates competing for 7-8 slots.
4. What is the deadline for completing my application through WEST?
Completed applications should be submitted to WEST NLT 31 December 2013.
5. Where should I have official copies of my GRE scores and transcripts sent?
As indicated above, official GRE scores and transcripts can be submitted to the following address:
Attn: Faculty Recruiting Team
Department of English and Philosophy
West Point, NY 10996
6. What is your Active Duty Service Obligation (ADSO) for participation in this program?
There is a 3 year ADSO for every year of graduate school. Accepting the ACS nomination effectively obligates you for 8 years; 2 years in graduate school, 3 years at USMA, 3 years in follow-on assignments.
7. What type of scores would I need on the GRE to be competitive?
Generally, your individual scores need to be above 157 to be competitive. Getting over 166 distinguishes you in the discipline, while a score below 153 sometimes hurts. Regardless, your military performance, your ability to write well, and your undergraduate record contribute significantly to the overall portrait of candidate files.
8. What guidance can you give me with respect to completing my candidate statement?
The best way to think of the candidate statement is your opportunity to express to the Department Head (COL Krawczyk) and the rest of the Faculty Recruiting Team why you want to teach in the Department and why you think you would be an asset to the team. It might be beneficial as well to suggest your scholarly interests and how your studies in graduate school might benefit cadet and/ or faculty development. Keep in mind that the candidate statement provides an opportunity to present a strong, professional image as well. Please take appropriate care to proofread your statement.
Although there is no requirement for the form or length or the candidate statement, officers frequently submit the statement in memorandum format. With respect to length, it is worth noting that length is not valued over substance.
9. Is there any particular form I should use for completing my letters of recommendation?
There is no preferred form for the letters of recommendation, but the following format is included for your use.