CME Prospective Rotating Military Faculty

CME Prospective Rotating Military Faculty

Join Team CME!

Thank you for your interest in joining the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. Each year, The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering selects five to ten branch-qualified captains to attend a two-year advanced civil schooling program, with a three-year follow-on assignment to the USMA faculty. Our officers attend high-quality graduate programs and obtain Master of Science degrees in civil, mechanical, or aerospace engineering. As instructors in our two nationally ranked undergraduate engineering programs, our officers teach, perform professional service, conduct scholarly research and outreach to the Army, and participate in the mentorship of cadets, both in and outside of the classroom. An assignment to the USMA faculty is a challenging and rewarding developmental experience.

If you are a military officer seeking a rotating faculty position within the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, use the link for TEACH ( to initiate your application and begin the process of joining our team.

What would I be teaching?

The Department continually seeks talented faculty who are experts in the disciplines that comprise our majors and minor – civil engineering, mechanical engineering, aeronautical engineering – and are committed to enhancing the education and development of cadets.

What are some opportunities to advance in my career?

The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering's Research Center offers a robust selection of research, scholarship, collaboration, and professional development opportunities to help our faculty remain at the forefront of their disciplines.

Application packets are due by 1 November

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Learn more about applying at West Point

Rotating military faculty consists of of active-duty captains, majors, and lieutenant colonels. An assignment to West Point as a rotating faculty member requires officers to submit an application through the CAC-enabled TEACH system

Department-Specific Questions and Requirements

  • Commissioning Sources.  Officers from all commissioning sources are encouraged to apply for faculty positions in C&ME.
  • Branch Eligibility.  We accept applications from officers of all branches except the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. We have four TDA positions for Aviation officers (15B), who fly our department’s two fixed wing aircraft in support of the aeronautical engineering curriculum. We have 11 TDA positions for Corps of Engineer officers (21D), and one for a Functional Area 51 officer. All remaining positions are branch immaterial (01A).
  • Minimum Requirements: Applicants should generally:
    • have less than 17 years time-in-service (at start of graduate school).
    • have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of >3.0.
    • have a bachelor’s degree in civil, mechanical, or aerospace engineering, or a closely related field.
    • have a minimum graduate record exam (GRE) scores of Verbal-153, Quantitative-144, and Writing-4.0.
    • be competitive for promotion to the next rank in their basic branch
    • be able to pass the ACFT and meet height/weight standards
    • have the full support of the basic branch/functional area to which they are currently assigned
  • Master’s of Science (MS) degree: Officers meeting the criteria above who have earned a BA or BS degree may compete for a full-time, fully-funded 2-year MS degree in a related field.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (or Science) (PhD/ScD) degree: Officers meeting the above criteria who have already earned an MS degree in a related field may compete for a full-time, fully-funded, 3-year PhD degree in a related field. The Department typically considers ACS for PhD for a second tour – those officers who have already completed a faculty tour in the Department.
  • Direct Hire: Officers with an MS or Ph.D. in a relevant field are often assigned to our faculty. Officers interested in direct hire opportunities should check in with if they believe a direct fill is possible with C&ME.

We typically select officers to begin graduate school in their 6th, 7th, or 8th year of service for first-tour military faculty members who require graduate schooling; however, starting in the 8th year of service is not our first choice as it requires an exception to policy. Officers are encouraged to begin building their files as soon as possible and apply as soon as the fourth year of service; however, these files will not be considered by the selection board until they enter their three-year window of eligibility as described above Only branch-qualified officers will be approved for ACS and a follow-on assignment to USMA. Thus, officers who will not be branch-qualified in time to start school by the 8th year of service are generally not eligible. We are committed to ensuring that our officers leave USMA with adequate time for an O-4 key developmental assignment prior to consideration for promotion to LTC in the primary zone. To be eligible for consideration, faculty candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in civil, mechanical, or aerospace engineering, or a closely related field. Most successful candidates have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher, though this is not a rigid requirement.

We hold selection boards in January of each year, with that year being considered the Selection Year (SY). As stated above, officers considered that year will come from the year groups SY-7, SY-6, and SY-5 (selection year 'minus'). The selection board consists of all the department’s senior faculty members. The final decision on all selections is made by the Department Head.

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If you have questions about your application or the application process send a note to

If you need to send us anything in hard-copy, use the following address:

Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering
ATTN: Personnel Officer
United States Military Academy
West Point, NY 10996

The C&ME fax number is (845) 938-5522.

We appreciate your interest in teaching in the department. Stay in touch!

Learn more about CME

The Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering mission is to inspire, educate, and develop leaders of character with a solid foundation in the disciplines of civil and mechanical engineering who can design and implement solutions in complex environments as trusted Army professionals and stewards of the engineering profession.

Other Opportunities

It takes a team to ensure the U.S. Military Academy at West Point can fulfill its mission to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets.  There are roles for military and civilian faculty to teach cadets and for those both in and out of uniform to ensure the systems and processes required to operate a military installation and college campus are in place and running efficiently.