KUALA LUMPUR: Four outstanding young Malaysians have been accepted to pursue their studies at prestigious service academies in the United States (USA) and prepare to become future Malaysian military officers.
Edlan Mikyad Ahmad Syamly, 20, was appointed to the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, while Zarif Mohd Zamrin, 20, was appointed to the US Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Both are students at the National Defense University of Malaysia (UPNM).
Royal Military College Malaysia students Muahamad, 18-year-old Imran Zainuddin of Denmark and 18-year-old Qarin Lokman Safriza will attend the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Michael Newbill said less than 20 percent of 69 international applicants were selected for the 60 spots available at the three service academies.
“Congratulations to the cadets and their families on this incredible achievement,” he said during the farewell ceremony at the official residence of the US Ambassador to Malaysia on Tuesday (June 7).
He said the students went through a rigorous selection process that assessed their leadership potential, physical fitness and academic performance.
Students will be in the academies for four years.
To date, 36 Malaysians have graduated from US service academies since 1971.