When Alex Applegate arrived at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in July, he did so with the full support of his family.
“My dad was a Marine and I have known since I began high school that this was something I wanted to do,” he said of becoming a soldier.
Applegate was officially named to the military on Aug. 17 and entered the Corps of Cadets during the Acceptance Day Parade that day.
“I will be attending an historic institution and receiving a free, four-year college education including room and board. In return, I will serve as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army for (at least) five years and an additional three years in the reserves,” he said.
The son of David and Kathy Applegate, of St. John, Applegate graduated from Andrean High School in Merrillville this year with a 4.14 grade point average. He will major in mechanical engineering and is set to graduate with the class of 2017.
“It’s still early, but I have an interest in military intelligence,” Applegate aded.
“The academic year is pretty intense as we have military classes in addition to our regular (academic) workload. As plebes, we also have our room and uniform inspections every week and formations at various times throughout the day.”
“I hope to develop the skills necessary to become a great leader so that I am prepared to serve my nation,” he added.