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Preparing Military Leaders

In 1802, Congress created the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, to train Army officers for national defense. Congress later established additional service academies. To ensure broad representation and experience, each state and congressional district is allotted a number of entrants. Military service academies have produced many distinguished leaders, including West Point graduate Dwight D. Eisenhower, who became supreme allied commander in Europe during World War II and the 34th U.S. president.

1 Image Regulations relative to the admission of cadets into military academy... View All Images
2 Images Letter from Dwight David Eisenhower to Senator Joseph L. Bristow,... View All Images
1 Image Senator Joseph L. Bristow's nomination of Dwight D. Eisenhower... View All Images
1 Image Dwight D. Eisenhower as a cadet, United States Military Academy, West... View All Images