cadets throwing their hats in the air during a graduation ceremony at West Point. By an Act of Congress of 1903, allows each senator, representative and delegate two proposed candidates for admission to the academy, the District of Columbia may also present two. Usually, every member of Congress and Vice President can have five candidates attending the institution in any year. When one graduates or leaves the academy for any reason a vacancy is generated. The application procedure is not political, and applicants need not know who nominated Congressman. These generally nominate ten people per vacancy, and can do so competitively or have a principal nomination. In a competitive nomination, all ten applicants are reviewed by the academy, to define which is the most qualified.If the congressman appoints a prime candidate to be accepted although there are others better qualified, provided they meet the physical, psychological and academic requirements. The degree of difficulty in obtaining a nomination varies greatly according to the number of applicants in each state. The procurement process normally involves filling out a form, perform more examinations and obtain one or more letters of recommendation. These requirements are set by each congressman and are additional to those required by the academy. Other sources of appointments are children of career military (100 per year) 170 annual vacancies are for service personnel in the Army, 20 for the body of reserve officer training and 65 for children of military personnel killed in action, 100 disabled by wounds in combat, or are prisoners of war or missing. Generally, vacancies in each group are nominated for 5 to 10 candidates per year, usually so competitive.If the candidate is qualified but not enrolled, may be admitted in high school military academy, located at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. The following year, these candidates receive direct entry to the academy. On the other hand, children who have received the medal of honor do not require a nomination, but simply to qualify for admission. Allowed annually about 20 foreign entrants, whose studies are financed by the countries of origin.