U.S. Military Academy FAQ

Installation Info: Zip Code: 10996, Area Code: 845, DSN: 688

Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, "Stonewall" Jackson, John J. Pershing, Douglas MacArthur, George S. Patton, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Alexander M. Haig and Norman Schwarzkopf are only a few of the military elite to emerge from "The Academy." West Point, the training ground for the Corps of Cadets of the U.S. Army, is the oldest continuously occupied military post in America, with President Thomas Jefferson signing legislation establishing the U.S. Military Academy in 1802.

The Academy lies 50 miles north of New York City. All military personnel reporting to West Point are required to in-process with the housing office within three working days of signing into their unit. A housing representative will counsel personnel by appointment, and personnel with accompanying dependents are required to occupy family quarters on post. School-age children not living on West Point will attend their school district's public schools or a private school (with tuition). Parents are advised to hand-carry important school-related documents (birth certificates, Social Security card/numbers, immunization records, previous school records, etc.). Childcare is available in addition to top medical care at Keller Army Community Hospital.

Academy and area tours are popular, with nearly 3 million visitors each year. A number of indoor and outdoor recreation areas are also available to cadets and personnel.