Gilman native inspiring local kids to reach for the stars

(WEAU) - According to, right now, there are more than a million U.S military personnel who are on active duty. But what's the application process like if you want to become an officer in the army?

"My dad, just kind of, just asked me what I wanted to do. Jokingly I said I wanted to be the President of the United States," said Corey Tallier, sophomore at West Point Academy.

For Corey Tallier, being President of the United States isn't the center of his mind anymore.

"A cadet will not lie, will not cheat, will not steal," said Tallier.

But rather becoming an officer for the U.S. army while majoring in Environmental Science.

"West Point has no tuition fee, but you have to pay for it by serving in the military 5 years after and then 3 years in the reserve,” said Tallier.

It’s a little different than other colleges.

"It's a lot busier than a regular college. Last semester I had 21 ½ credits,” said Tallier.

On a daily basis there are classes and training. So through the Cadet Public Relations Council, Corey made his way back to his hometown to talk to history students about the application process.

"You need to be appointed by senator or congressman," said Tallier.

You also need a solid GPA, ACT and SAT score as well as experience with leadership. Corey says he was class president and involved in a variety of sports.

After walking the hallways at Gilman School District, I noticed Corey is a well-respected graduate and that's by students, faculty and staff.

"It’s wonderful to bring back graduates and in Corey's case, he's opening up a whole new world for our students,” said Georgia Kraus, Principal.

The principal says numerous graduates have come back to speak about their careers.

"Very eye opening that his hard work and persistence has paid off," said Kraus.

Corey says he's had chances he never thought a small town guy would have like going to Africa and gaining experience with military weaponry.

West Point has a few notable graduates such as Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States and Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States.

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