Connect The Dots: Florida Coke Case & Standards

On March 11, several cadets were involved in a party where they ingested cocaine laced with fentanyl. Several of the cadets ended up in the hospital. The Superintendent, Darryl Williams, sent this out on March 14th: March 14, 2022 Members of the Long Gray Line, As many of you know, the United States Military Academy … Read more

Army Athletics is Big Business

The Army West Point Athletic Association (AWPAA) is big business. How big? As it turns out, the close to $50M annually. In our last post we pointed out that West Point’s non-profit 501(c)(3) athletic organization creates purpose conflict and interferes with USMA’s ability to execute its core mission. In this post we’ll fill in some … Read more

Army Athletic Quibbling

Army Athletics corrupts West Point. BG Lance Betros, in his thorough & recommended book Carved from Granite, goes into great detail about the history of intercollegiate athletics at USMA and its corrosive effects on the program. LTC Heffington noted that athletes were being admitted with terrible scores, which we confirmed. We have found yet another … Read more

Class Composition Goals

West Point, now and again, publishes annual reports to the Board of Visitors. Those that have been published recently- after they have “been acted upon by the President of the United States” — can be found here. If you’re interested in history, you can find the 1891 report here. In this post, we find confirmation … Read more

A Class Admitted on Merit

In our earlier post “WCS Doesn’t Matter for Athletes & Minorities” we found out that the Whole Candidate Score is bypassed for certain preferred categories of applicant. In this post, we explore its impact. Specifically we try to answer the questions: What would a class built solely on the Whole Candidate Score look like? How … Read more

West Point Admissions & Separations

West Point Admissions and Separations are tightly coupled. The quality of an incoming cadet class influences its overall performance. A higher quality incoming class will have better outcomes at the Academy and in the Army. The Admissions group makes decisions that affect the quality of the class and therefore its outcomes at the Academy and … Read more

West Point Admissions and Athletes

We recently found some interesting discussions on the Service Academy Forums [Link]. The topics discussed were about whether being a White applicant puts one at a disadvantage and why some of the West Point classes had SAT scores under 500. Well, these topics have been addressed extensively and quantitatively on these pages ( spoiler: 1) … Read more

West Point’s Graduation and Retention Data

West Point G5 has made great strides in data transparency. We noted this in the last post, but we have saved the best for last! The G5 Institutional Research site also has a link tantalizingly named “Graduation, Commissioning, and Retention rates.” We visited it hoping to find detailed breakdowns of graduation rates and separation rates … Read more

More Data, No Context

West Point has launched some new data offerings on their site. These exceed the previous “class profiles” that passed as the best readily-available public information. Now there are newer, better datasets available at the G5 page. We get comprehensive class characteristics on all the application elements — test scores, qualifications, race, athletics, prior service… We … Read more