Battalion Commander receives appointments to both Annapolis and West Point
Third cadet to receive admission to a service academy this year
Cadet Ozz Ben-David will have a choice to make between US Military Academy and US Naval Academy this fall
Cadet Ozz Ben-David, the battalion commander, faces a tough choice for college this fall as he has now received appointments to both the US Military Academy at West Point and the US Naval Academy at Annapolis. Ben-David is the third cadet this year to receive a service academy appointment, with Walker Lander recently receiving news of his appointment to the US Naval Academy and Graham Luongo having been accepted to the US Coast Guard Academy.
The nation's service academies are among the toughest schools to gain admission to, with acceptance rates in the single digits. The US Naval Academy, for example, receives over 20,000 applications each year, but accepts fewer than 1,400...an acceptance rate of less than 7%. The US Coast Guard annually accepts only 300 out of 5,000 applicants.
But meeting their high standards for admission is not all that is required for West Point and Annapolis.
Gaining admission to the US Military Academy or the US Naval Academy means successfully completing a very competitive and intimidating process:
- The student must first apply to the academy and meet rigorous academic standards, show evidence of leadership ability, and satisfy stringent physical fitness requirements.
- Next, the student must gain a nomination from their elected representative in the US House of Representatives or US Senate. Each legislator can have five constituents from their area attending the service academy at one time. When a constituent leaves the Academy (through graduation or withdrawal), that leaves a vacancy for the member of Congress to nominate a new student for admission. The member of Congress can nominate up to ten candidates for each available vacancy.
- Having successfully met the admission requirements for the school, and then having been selected as one of up to ten candidates for each vacancy to receive a nomination from their US Congressman or Senator, the student will then be carefully evaluated by the academy. The nominee will be compared to the rest of the candidates who also successfully gained a coveted nomination from that member of Congress. Only one of those nominees will ultimately be selected to receive an appointment to the academy.
"An average year for Fork Union"
"A remarkable achievement for our cadets"
Since 2000, Fork Union Military Academy has seen more than four dozen cadets receive admission to our nation's service academies, an average of about three per year. In one recent year, seven Fork Union cadets received a total of nine service academy appointments.
With numbers like that coming from a small school like Fork Union, it is easy to lose sight of just how huge an accomplishment it is to earn an appointment to a service academy.
There are more than 26,000 public high schools and more than 10,000 private high schools in the United States graduating about 3.5 million students each year. Out of all of those schools and millions of students, each year only about 2,800 high school graduates will earn appointments to either West Point or Annapolis.
It is a mark of Fork Union Military Academy's success as a college preparatory school that having three students receive admission to a service academy seems like "an average year," when, in fact, each academy appointment represents an extraordinary achievement by these students. —a FUMA Staff Member
We congratulate Ozz Ben-David, Walker Lander, and Graham Luongo on their remarkable achievement and wish them much success in their coming days.