Military Officer Application Process

Each December, we conduct a selection board that chooses officers to join the DPE faculty. Now is the time to begin compiling and submitting your packet for this year's selection board. Your packet is due 01 November of the applicable year. You may begin your file online utilizing the T.E.A.C.H. system. To determine if this board meets your career timeline, take a look at where you are now and how you fit in DPE's timeline: 

Eligible Officers YG15-17 YG16-18 YG17-19 YG18-20
Board Dec 2021 Dec 2022 Dec 2023 Dec 2024
Begin Grad School Jun  2023 Jun 2024 Jun 2025 Jun 2026
Report to USMA Jun 2024 Jun 2025 Jun 2026 Jun 2027
Depart USMA Jun 2027 Jun 2028 Jun 2029 Jun 2030


Applicants must be branch qualified prior to beginning grad school. To complete your application, you must upload the following information into your TEACH.ACCOUNT.:

  1. Officer Record Brief
  2. All Officer Evaluation Reports (to include AERs)
  3. Official DA Photograph
  4. Letters of Recommendation: at least 3 (address to COL Nicholas H. Gist, Director, Department of Physical Education, USMA, West Point, NY 10996). Links for submission will be created through the T.E.A.C.H. system and letters will automatically upload to your file.
  5. University Transcripts
  6. GRE Scores (must be within 5 years of the start of graduate school according to the DPE timeline above.  Also, if you have completed a graduate degree on your own from May 2015 forward, you do not need GRE scores for your packet.  Just submit all transcripts.)
  7. Copy of APFT/ ACFT Scores (as many recent as possible)
  8. Resume: focus on background in physical education and athletics/fitness (bullet format)
  9. Short Essay (all answered in T.E.A.C.H.): at a minimum answering the following questions:
    • Why do you want to be a DPE instructor at USMA?
    • What unique strengths would you contribute to enhance the Department, specifically what committees do you think you are best suited to enhance and why (military movement (gymnastics), boxing, aquatics, and/or combatives?
    • As a DPE Sport Educator, for which types of intramural programs do you think you are best suited to enhance our competitive sports program?
    • What are your long-term goals, and how does a teaching assignment in DPE contribute to those goals? 
  10. Complete Security Questionnaire and upload to your T.E.A.C.H. application.
  11. Video depicting the most effective way to teach one of the following exercises: Leg Tuck, Hand Release Push Up, or Squat.

For any other questions please email the DPE S1 at:  

Final selection is competitive based on academic and military qualifications. Once selected, officers apply to graduate school (Texas A&M, University of Indiana or UNC Greensboro) where they earn a Masters degree in Physical Education, Kinesiology, or Exercise Physiology. The degree programs are all one year in length and immediately precede your 3-year utilization tour here at USMA. The degree programs are set up to prepare the officer for their duties at USMA. Generally, the program of study includes pedagogy, curriculum development, motor learning/control, and exercise physiology courses while also allowing you the opportunity to assist in teaching some basic physical education activity classes. Thank you for your time and thank you for your service!