DPE Prospective Rotating Military Faculty

DPE Prospective Rotating Military Faculty

Join the DPE Team!

In the Department of Physical Education (DPE), we have an outstanding mix of rotating military officers and permanent civilian faculty with a variety of backgrounds and are proven leaders of operational units who are dedicated to careers in the U.S. Army. It's a great job in an exceptional work environment. 

Current and incoming instructors represent all the commissioning sources (OCS, ROTC, USMA) and most branches. DPE instructors have a variety of undergraduate degrees and come from diverse ethnic backgrounds. Current and incoming DPE instructors have combat/operational-deployment leadership experience. DPE officers maintain a lifestyle focused on physical fitness and wellness.

We are looking for instructors to develop warrior leaders of character who are physically fit and mentally tough by engaging cadets in activities that promote and enhance physical excellence. 

What would I be teaching?

DPE Instructors are assigned to one of four Teaching Committees - Military Movement (applied gymnastics), Boxing, Combatives, or Aquatics (survival swimming). You will generally teach four sections in your committee per round (quarter), in addition to teaching one of our cognitive courses - PE215 Personal Fitness or PE450 Army Fitness Development. The fitness courses are lecture/lab courses that provide cadets with a baseline of knowledge and exposure to applications in wellness, personal fitness, and organizational fitness. Depending on your interests and skills, you may also teach a variety of lifetime sports (e.g. Strength Development, Golf, Basketball, Aerobic Fitness, Alpine Skiing, SCUBA, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, etc.).

What are some opportunities to advance in my career?

DPE Instructors can attend graduate school at Texas A&M, University of Indiana, or UNC Greensboro. All programs offer a masters degree in kinesiology.

The degree programs are set up to prepare you for your 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.

The degree programs are all one year in length and immediately precede your 3-year utilization tour here at USMA. 

Application packets are due by 1 November

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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

You must be a competitive category Army CPT or 1LT(P) and have your completed application submitted by 01 November to be given full consideration. Additionally, the following eligibility criteria apply for the December board that selects officers to begin graduate school in the summer of the following year:  

Must be within the primary year groups stated in the application process Must be branch qualified prior to the start of graduate school.

The oldest eligible year group criterion is set to ensure that Captains who come to West Point and serve three years as an Instructor will have sufficient time to get branch qualified as a Major prior to their primary zone (PZ) LTC promotion board.

You may start a file at any time during your career, but in order to be considered for selection to an Instructor position you must be a branch qualified Captain prior to beginning graduate school (not prior to submitting your application to DPE).

The United States Military Academy (USMA) is the sole college in the nation whose only responsibility is to prepare each student for professional service as a regular Army officer. Thus, the physical education taught in the West Point environment is comprised of experiential, cognitive, and psychomotor learning domains designed to promote critical thinking, disseminate knowledge, integrate discovery, and develop expertise. 

Physical development provides leaders with:

  • skills
  • self-confidence
  • a warrior spirit
  • respect for fair play 
  • a commitment to maintaining physical fitness

The impact of achieving these objectives is far-reaching and serves to strengthen the officer corps and the Army.

Once selected, officers apply to graduate school (Texas A&M, University of Indiana, or UNC Greensboro) where they earn a master's degree in kinesiology. 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.

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Department of Physical Education
Arvin Cadet Physical Development Center
727 Brewerton Rd
West Point, NY 10996

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The mission of the Department of Physical Education is to build, educate, train, and inspire the Corps by challenging each cadet in activities that promote holistic health and optimal physical performance, commissioning physically fit and mentally tough leaders of character. The Department strives to cultivate a culture of physical fitness excellence that challenges cadets to realize their full potential.

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.