I am glad I could be here to recognize great heroes. I'm proud of your service. I am proud of what you do and what you represent. You are living the Ranger Creed and Warrior Ethos. (ARNEWS Story )
Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker
Chief of Staff, United States Army
The United States Military Academy- West Point
- Mission: The mission of the U.S. Military Academy is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.
- The U.S. Military Academy was established by an Act of Congress on March 16, 1802.
- Program: The four-year integrated academic, military and physical development programs are conducted in a strong moral-ethical environment grounded in the bedrock values of integrity and respect for others.
- Location: The Academy is located approximately 50 miles north of New York City on the west bank of the Hudson River in Orange County, New York. West Point is America's oldest, continuously occupied military installation, first garrisoned on January 20, 1778.
- Cadets: The approximate 4,000 members of the Corps of Cadets represent every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries. About 1,200 New Cadets enter the Academy on Reception Day each year (about July 1st). Approximately 15 percent of the Corps of Cadets are women.
Admission: To be considered for admission, a candidate must be at least 17 but not yet 23 years old on July 1st of the year of admission, be unmarried, and have no legal obligation to support children. Candidates must be qualified academically, medically, and physically, and must receive a nomination from an approved source, such as a member of Congress.
- Graduation: Upon graduation, cadets are awarded Bachelor of Science degrees and commissions in the U.S. Army. They serve on active duty for a minimum of five years. Graduates have served our country in a variety of capacities over the last 200 years, as military leaders, engineers, explorers on land and in space, and as leaders in business and government.
In what has been named one of the top sports rivalries in the nation, the United States Military Academy Black Knights will face off against the United States Naval Academy Midshipmen on December 3rd, at Lincoln-Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.
Those who were unable to get coveted seats to the game can watch it live on CBS at 2:30 p.m.