CSM Barretto speaks to 82nd Airborne Division Soldiers on transition to being a West Point cadet

By Sgt. 1st Class Luisito Brooks West Point PAO NCOIC - September 12, 2023
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Command Sgt. Maj. Phil Barretto, the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) command sergeant major, spoke with Sgt. Onias Jones, Spc. Robynn Oblepias, Spc. Frederick Swingle, Spc. Kevin Mitchell, Pfc. Jessica Marsh, Pfc. Cameron Bell, Pfc. Oziel Carrillo, Pfc. Adan Cuevas, Pvt. Lugh Huff and Pvt. Jonathan Searle – 10 soldier candidates from the 82nd Airborne Division – to discuss the transition from enlisted to a USMA cadet Sept. 8 inside the Superintendent's Conference Room at West Point. Two soldiers received Letters of Assurances during the event, guaranteeing a slot at West Point. 

West Point provides a comprehensive and rigorous education that prepares cadets not only for their roles as officers in the military but also as leaders in various aspects of life. It is a prestigious institution that continues to contribute significantly to developing future leaders for the Army.

Applying to West Point is highly competitive, and candidates are evaluated based on their academic achievements, leadership potential, physical fitness and character. Aspiring cadets must be prepared for the challenges and responsibilities of attending the academy and serving as U.S. Army officers. 

For more information on how active duty, reserves or National Guard Soldiers can apply to West Point, please follow the link at Information for Current Soldiers | United States Military Academy West Point