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What New Army Cadets Go Through On Their First Day At West Point
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  • - [Hairdresser] Ready?
  • (laughing)
  • (military fife and drum music)
  • (military trumpet and drum music)
  • - [Narrator] On a scorching Monday in July,
  • over 1,200 cadet candidates arrive at the
  • US Military Academy for reception day,
  • also known as R-Day, it marks the beginning
  • of their time at West Point.
  • - All day long, the new cadets will do a transformation
  • from their civilian status
  • and at the end of the day,
  • take their oath to serve our nation in the Army.
  • (military march music)
  • - [Interviewer] Why did you decide to come to West Point?
  • - Both my brothers went here and it's a great school
  • and I wanted to join the Army afterward
  • so there's no better school to do that.
  • - All my uncles, they served in the Army
  • and they're telling me that,
  • all about this school and how great
  • and all the leaders that came from it
  • so I just wanted to follow in their footsteps.
  • (drum flourishes)
  • (inspiring military music)
  • - West Point is located about 50 miles
  • north of New York City.
  • It's in the Hudson Highlands.
  • It's called West Point because it's located
  • on the western point of the Hudson River where it bends.
  • George Washington recognized this as a strategic
  • point of interest because the British had to attack
  • as they came through the Hudson River.
  • It's the longest continuously garrisoned
  • military installation in the United States.
  • - Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
  • I welcome you to the United States Military Academy
  • at West Point.
  • - [Narrator] After a short orientation,
  • the cadet candidates have 60 seconds
  • to say goodbye to their families.
  • (patriotic music)
  • For the next six weeks, contact with family members,
  • if any, is extremely limited.
  • (drum music)
  • Once they leave Eisenhower Hall,
  • the cadet candidates are now called new cadets.
  • - New cadets, move, let's go!
  • Up to the tape!
  • - You'll move along the wall, am I understood?
  • - [New Cadets] Yes, Sergeant Pack.
  • - You think you're special?
  • Look straight forward!
  • - In 2018 to be accepted at West Point,
  • you must be a United States citizen
  • in good physical condition, pass a medical exam to be able
  • to be commissioned in the Army,
  • and have a high academic achievement.
  • - [New Cadets] I am soldier!
  • - [Narrator] Tuition at West Point is free,
  • but the cadets commit to years of service after graduation.
  • - After their four years at West Point they've committed
  • to five years active duty in the Army with three years
  • in the reserve component.
  • - Hurry up you guys, get there.
  • - [Narrator] The new cadets are issued physical training,
  • or PT uniforms.
  • - New cadet you better close this gap!
  • - [Narrator] Along with a bag that holds everything
  • they're allowed to carry for the next six weeks.
  • Their next stop,
  • the barber shop.
  • (military drum music)
  • (hair clippers buzzing)
  • - [Narrator] Only the male new cadets are required
  • to cut their hair.
  • The female new cadets get to keep their locks.
  • - Hi how are you?
  • Thinking about West Point, what do you think?
  • - Maybe.
  • - Maybe, my brother and sister are here.
  • - Your brother and sister are here?
  • Pretty exciting.
  • - [Narrator] West Point started admitting women in 1976.
  • Today more than 20% of the cadets are female.
  • - Over 24% of the class of 2022 are women.
  • - Close that gap new cadet, close that gap!
  • - So we've seen a huge surge not only in the interest
  • in women applicants, but also the retention of women cadets.
  • (military drum music)
  • - [Narrator] The new cadets are assigned to companies
  • where they learn the basics of taking orders.
  • - You wait for our command,
  • do not do things on your own initiative!
  • - [Narrator] And marching in formation.
  • (cadets yelling)
  • - We have upperclassmen from the junior and senior classes
  • that are here leading the new cadets.
  • - Your lunch, your boots or not they better be in the bag!
  • - So this is a leadership laboratory,
  • not only for our new cadets but also for our upper class
  • as they work on their leadership skills.
  • (military drums)
  • - [Narrator] Everything the new cadets learn on R-Day
  • culminates in the Oath Ceremony.
  • Family members gather for one last look
  • at the class of 2022 before basic training begins.
  • (Intense music)
  • (intense music)
  • - [Officer] New cadets, raise your right hand
  • and repeat after me.
  • - One of the most common traits that I see
  • of West Point applicants is they wanna be part of a team
  • that's bigger than themselves.
  • (intense music)
  • - [Narrator] Those who complete the rigorous six weeks
  • of basic training will be formally accepted
  • into the corp of cadets.
  • (dramatic music)
  • - It's gonna be a long six weeks,
  • I can tell you that.
  • I'll get through just take it day by day
  • but I know it's gonna be long, it's gonna be hard,
  • but I'm prepared for it.
  • - I feel like it's gonna suck but in the end
  • it's all worth it.
  • - All of us know what to expect really,
  • we just go in there you now, get yelled at a little bit,
  • get on the bus, get yelled at some more.
  • - I think it's gonna be fun you know,
  • everybody always talks about it's gonna be a miserable time
  • but I think if you embrace the suck it's gonna be,
  • it's gonna be okay, you're gonna get through.

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We got an inside look at what it's like on the first day for new cadets at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Over 1,200 cadet candidates arrived on campus on a sweltering July morning for "Reception Day." After an emotional farewell with their families, the new cadets took the first steps of a rigorous six-weeks-long basic training regimen.

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