Class of 2015 enters West Point: The journey begins
By West Point Public Affairs Office
June 28, 2011
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Heaps of Army issue items made its way into the green duffel bags as new cadets collected everything from underwear to eyewear. By the time they reach their rooms inside the barracks that afternoon there will be a few dozen more items accounted for -- bed linen, laundry bags and ruck sack, to name a few.
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The sheer poundage of hair accumulated at the barber shop was impressive as hundreds of heads losts their locks and were replaced with a coating of sunscreen for protection against the summer sun.
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All new cadets were issued a Cadet Handbook containing all the knowledge they would need to learn throughout Cadet Basic Training. This includes everything from military ranks and insignia, cadet chain of command, the honor code and military courtesies.
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Class of 2013 Cadet Abigail Osman introduces new cadets in Company D to the Cadet Handbook. New cadets from the Class of 2015 will spend plenty of time familiarizing themselves with the compact book of West Point knowledge during Cadet Basic Training.
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Class of 2012 Cadet Charles Briseno, Company A commander, provides newly assigned cadets a brief introduction into what it means to represent West Point and their division alignment, the 1st Cavalry.
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Reception Day for the Class of 2015 began early June 27, 2011, with new cadets beginning the transformation from civilian to West Point cadet.
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New cadets, under the direction of the cadet cadre, complete their inprocessing at Thayer Hall. Haircuts and uniform fittings followed but each new cadet will spend plenty of time at the company areas reporting to their chain of command, learning West Point knowledge from their New Cadet Handbooks and practicing drill and ceremony.
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Reporting to the cadets in the red sash is one of the first stress tests for new cadets on Reception Day. More than 1,200 began that initial transformation from civilian to West Point cadet on June 27, 2011, ending with an Oath Ceremony on the Plain.
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"Step up to my line, not on my line, not over my line," barked the cadet in the red sash to the new cadet. Reporting to the cadet cadre is a West Point tradition and a small victory for those new cadets who pass the first time without error.
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Led by a cadet cadre from the Class of 2012 and Class of 2013, the new cadets receive training on their first day in preparation to march onto the parade field for the first time at West Point as the culminating event on Reception Day.
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From rendering a salute to properly addressing a superior officer, the cadet cadre for Cadet Basic Training began teaching new cadets from the Class of 2015 on Reception Day and will continue through summer training. More than 270 of the upper class cadets will be responsible for the initial training of more than 1,200 new cadets after having just completed a two week Leader Training Program in preparation for this leadership detail.
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It was a fairly quiet scene at the Cadet Mess on Monday as more than 1,200 new cadets shared their first meal as the Class of 2015. For the most part, new cadets kept to the task at hand -- eating quickly before returning to Reception Day activities; but others managed to exchange a few words.
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It’s probably the most harrowing moment for every new cadet, but a significant rite of passage on Reception Day as they report to the cadet in the red sash for the first time.
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New cadets from the Class of 2015 take an oath on the Plain at the end of Reception Day June 27, 2011. With the initial transformation from civilian to West Point cadet, they now enter Cadet Basic Training for the next six weeks.
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Reception Day for the Class of 2015 concluded on June 27, 2011, with an oath ceremony on the Plain. The new cadets are currently engaged in a six-week Cadet Basic Training after which they will be accepted into the Corps of Cadets.
WEST POINT, N.Y., June 27, 2011 -- It was the first day of the 47-month West Point experience for more than 1,200 new cadets entering the academy.
The U.S. Military Academy and the Corps of Cadets hosted Reception Day on June 27, 2011, a transformative period for the Class of 2015 as a trained cadre of upper class cadets began molding civilians into West Point cadets.
The process began early in the morning as thousands of cadet candidates and their families entered Eisenhower Hall for a briefing before it was announced they had 90 seconds to say goodbye before beginning the day of in-processing at the academy.
New cadets filled their duffel bags with Army issue items: everything from underwear and eyewear, to canteens and ruck sacks. They took an oath of allegiance, received company assignments and spent hours studying academy knowledge from their New Cadet Handbook, practicing drill and ceremony and reporting in to their chain of command.
The day ended with the cadet cadre leading the new class onto the Plain for an oath ceremony in front of bleachers filled with families and guests. Their first day at West Point ended, but the journey for the future Army leaders is only beginning.
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