West Point candidate served in Poplar Bluff

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Nationwide, only 85 National Guard candidates make it into the military academy at West Point.

One of those candidates grew up in Missouri and served in a Poplar Bluff Guard unit.

Specialist Drake Mann, of West Plains starts classes at the academy in July.

Mann joined the guard in 2008, and was assigned to the 205th military police battalion out of Poplar Bluff.

A first sergeant with the Poplar Bluff battalion talks about Mann.

"When I first met him, I thought he was a good candidate for officer's candidate's school," said Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Ladyman. "I sent him to a future's leader's conference, and they determined he meets the criteria for West Point.  That's when we tried to submit an application, and he was accepted.

Last year, West Point accepted only three cadets from the Missouri National Guard.

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