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Traditional hat toss at the 200th anniversary graduation ceremony at the United States Military Academy June 7, 2002

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The United States Military Academy (USMA) is an undergraduate college in West Point, New York that educates and commissions officers for the United States Army. The Academy was founded in 1802 and graduated its first class in October of the same year. It is the oldest of the five American service academies. Sports media refer to the Academy as "Army" and the students as "Cadets"; this usage is officially endorsed.[1] A small number of graduates each year choose the option of entering the United States Air Force, United States Navy, or United States Marine Corps. Before the founding of the United States Air Force Academy in 1955, the Academy was a major source of officers for the Air Force and its predecessors. Most cadets are admitted through the congressional appointment system.[2][3] The curriculum emphasizes various fields in sciences and engineering.[4][5]

This list is drawn from alumni of the Military Academy who served as general officers in the Confederate States Army (CSA), including three members of the Lee family of Virginia: Robert E. Lee (class of 1829), his son George Washington Custis Lee (class of 1854), and his nephew Fitzhugh Lee (class of 1856). Other notable Confederate generals include James Longstreet (class of 1842), Stonewall Jackson (class of 1846), and J.E.B. Stuart (class of 1854).Template:Cref

Other notable graduates include 2 Presidents of the United States, 18 astronauts, 4 heads of state, 74 Medal of Honor recipients,[6] 70 Rhodes Scholars, and 3 Heisman Trophy winners.[7] Among American universities, the Academy is fourth on the list of total winners for Rhodes Scholarships, seventh for Marshall Scholarships and fourth for Hertz Fellowships.[8]

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Note: "Class year" refers to the alumni's class year, which usually is the same year they graduated. However, in times of war, classes often graduate early.




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Inline citations
  1. "Quick Facts". United States Military Academy (USMA). Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. "FAQ: Who Attends the US Military Academy". USMA Office of Admissions. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  3. "Overview of the Academy". USMA Office of Admissions. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  4. "College Navigator – United States Military Academy". National Center for Education Statistics, United States Department of Education. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  5. "Academic Catalog: "The Redbook"". USMA Office of the Dean. 2008-09-10. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  6. "Medal of Honor Citations". Army Center of Military History. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  7. "Notable USMA Graduates". USMA. Retrieved 2009-03-21. 
  8. "Scholarship Winners". USMA Office of the Dean. Retrieved 2008-12-19. 

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