What New Army Cadets Go Through On Their First Day At West Point


– [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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100 thoughts on “What New Army Cadets Go Through On Their First Day At West Point

  1. The United States has never won a war single handily and the most decorated army unit in the united states in WW2 was not even American.

    The most decorated was the 442nd Infantry Regiment (United States) American soldiers of Japanese ancestry, indeed.

  2. 🤔🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️🇺🇸⚔🛡¡ GOD BLESS U.S.A! THE HOME OF THE BRAVE! LA FUERZA DE EE.UU RESIDE EN QUE CADA UNO DE SUS HABITANTES REPRESENTA UNA RAÍZ DE LOS 5 CONTINENTES! ES DE POR SÍ LA ÚNICA NACIÓN QUE RESUME LO MEJOR DEL MUNDO EN UNA NACIÓN; ¡ U.S.A!🤔🇺🇸⚔🛡

  3. Never understood why the best armies in the world yell On their new recruits joining to serve…..
    The French Air Force did it to me too…..NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHY , DAMN !
    Cheers from France America.

  4. Bunch of rich kids playing soldier at hogwarts. Shout out to the marines!! They are produced in a harsh environment to survive in harsh environments.

  5. All that laughter in the first few seconds is nothing like what it was like getting my dreadlocks shaved off once I reached recruit depot for the usmc

  6. That's guys lucky. 2 brothers at Westpoint and he gets in too. That's insanely lucky considering you have to get a congressional nomination.

  7. The Jeanes Family was totally trash animal sex (Dogs, Horses, etc) and was disgusting from Harvard, UNC, Woodberry, Chatham Hall, Longwood, St Margaret's, Fairfax Hall) I am heterosexual and have no interest in Frances Worthington Parham – I believe in God the Father, God the Son and Adolph Hitler the TRUE Lieutenant of Christ, not West Point, the CIA or FBI or US Treasury's, and certainly not the Curse of the Chesty Puller Marines in any reach of history or manhood.

    site Captain Mike Lemmon, coward and son of General Kelly Lemmon, False Church Virginia and West Point 1980 ~ Randolph-Macon The Hill School Herbert Price married 1950 John Hull, Aid to Eisenhower (Mike Lemmon was the roommate of the JEW Vice-President, Mike Pence.

  8. Anyone in Hell is an American, what else is US Citizenship? You are a failure in God's Will and Universe and Space Program. You are A VOID in Time, record and Science. You are never to multiply on earth.

  9. Okay, remember that kid from vine that said "your speaking to a future Navy seal" or something like that, i wonder what he is doing now..

  10. The Army Soldiers of these West nations are only prepared to Christ the Muslims they have no right to do this but they are doing they want to do are copying there in the Muslims States for nothing the trying to snatch the right of the Independence from the Muslim States military powers and their leaders now the time is win over and we have planned and ported to make arrangements against you people to stop your quality that you are doing over the most

  11. Underwear news future why the Muslim have plans to teach addition to this drinkers drinkers armies of the west and the European States

  12. they will have some benefits from this school after this and will earn some (serious) money and have career but marines are basically only expendable waste for interest of politicians and have only big chance to be homeless later

  13. You ladies sure do outnumber the men ten to one. Still seeking gas mask for the tent with the camp fire sh well I'm nine years now turning eighteen about nine years

  14. I think the women should cut their hair too, maybe into a pixie cut or a nice bob – it'll be effective in the field too right? And prevent the chance of getting their hair pulled by enemy.

  15. Yeah girls are going to drag 100 kg guy injured in battle… LIKE HELL!!! Women should not be at West Point, in the kitchen cooking for cadets is ok though.

  16. Why do you need to have high academic results
    If their only job is to fight and maybe die in war? Waste of talanted People…

  17. I cannot take women in the military serious.

    They don't have to cut their hair.
    They barely do decent push ups.

    Women in the military is just ridiculous.

  18. Earlier in the video she says you have to be a US citizen to be accepted into West Point yet at 4:40 I see a CHINAWOMAN IN DRESS WHITES yelling at a BLACK AFRICAN someone tell me how does this make any sense I'M APAULED!!! SOMEONE FIX THIS!!!! MAGA!!!!

  19. If I ever decide to do anything Military I'm shaving my head bc I'm not about that bun life. And I look pretty good bald. 😂

  20. TODO BIENNN? TODO CORRECTO Y YO QUE ME ALEGRO
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    .HOLAAAAA WTF
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    .LIKE PARA NO MORIR CON EL ASTEROIDE DEL 3 DE OCTUBRE

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    .LIKE SI ERES INTELIGENTE XD
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    .LIKE SI EN TU PAIS ES DE NOCHE
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    .SI LE DAS LIKE TENDRAS UN BUEN DIA

    LIKE SI HABLAS ESPAÑOL

  21. High academic achievement to be eligible at West Point? At what age do they start military service in the US, 22?!
    Also, if they're supposed to be that smart, why aren't they put to work in physics, chemistry, medicine, engineering or other highly renowned fields for key industry sectors of the country instead of playing war games for so many years?!!

  22. As a veteran I would have been proud to go to West Point. Its an honor and a privilege. Mike Pompeo was first at West Point. now he lies to Congress and the American people for a lying draft dodger named Trump. He doesn't deserve this honor. It should be erased from his record and anything given to him by the academy should be returned.

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