Story and photos by Brandon O’Connor Assistant Editor
May 2nd, 2019
The U.S. Military Academy is the pre-eminent leader development institution in the world and through a 47-month experience men and women are taught how to be the future leaders of the Army.
In less than a month, nearly 1,000 cadets will graduate from West Point and be commissioned into the Army as second lieutenants. Also graduating with the Class of 2019 will be 12 international cadets who have spent the last four years studying at West Point and then will go home to serve in their country’s Army.
The Class of 2019 includes cadets from countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
“I am a civil engineering major and I think the skills I’ve acquired in my academy major will first of all give me the ability to build structures and the things that help people in their daily lives,” Class of 2019 Cadet John Mugabe, who is from Rwanda, said of what he has gained from his four years at West Point. “The military education is going to be of extreme importance to the military back home. There are a lot of things the U.S. Army does and teaches to cadets that I think I will be able to bring back home, share and build our Army.”
The four-year immersion is one of multiple programs West Point participates in to develop and build relations with allies and partners throughout the world.