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Two Malaysian Cadets Accepted Into US Air Force And Military Academies
BY: Patrick Beech
Two Malaysian cadets were recently accepted to continue their studies at prestigious military academies in the United States.
Cadets Ummi Annur Syahmina and Muhammad Faidh Izzuddin graduated from their foundation programmes at the National Defence University of Malaysia (UPNM)
Cadets Muhammad Faidh Izzuddin and Ummi Anuur Syahmina.
The US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur recently hosted a send-off ceremony for the duo in recognition and celebration of their admission to the US service academies.
Ummi Annur of Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan, will be joining the US Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado while Muhammad Faidh of Kuala Lumpur will be joining the US Military Academy in West Point, New York.
According to reports, Cadet Ummi is the third Malaysian woman to be admitted to a US service academy.
Sub Lieutenant Janushaa Bala Krishnan Muthiah, a 2022 alumna of the US Naval Academy, and Cadet Grace Sian Ern Hui, recently graduated from the US Air Force Academy.
Ummi graduated with honours in the Malaysian Certificate of Examination at the age of 13 and completed her foundation in Engineering Technology.
She then studied Operation Research and Data Science at the National Defense University Malaysia with an overall CGPA of 3.7.
Upon graduating high school, Cadet Faidh was awarded the Gold Award for scoring straight As in the Malaysian Certificate of Education Examination.
Faidh is fluent in French and passed the French DELF exam with an overall CGPA of 3.2. He is also a student leader and innovator.
The mission of the US service academies is to provide all cadets with the knowledge and character essential to leadership and the motivation to become career military officers.
This year, 89 countries were invited to nominate their candidates with the goal of only accepting 15 candidates in each of the service academies.
Since 1971, 39 Malaysians have graduated from the US service academies.