|West Point Alma Mater||The Star Spangled Banner|
Hail Alma Mater dear,
Guide us, thy sons, aright,
And when our work is done,
P.S. Reinecke, 1911
Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light.
Whose broad stipes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight.
And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Oh, say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
Oh, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand
Bless'd with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just.
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave,
|Duty-Honor-Country||The Three General Orders|
"Duty-Honor-Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, and what you will be. They are your rallying points: to build courage when courage seems to fail; to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith; to create hope when hope becomes forlorn."
General of the Army Douglas MacArthur
|On Brave Old Army Team||The Army Song|
The Army team's the pride and dream
And when the team is fighting
The Army team
March along, sing our song
We're the Army and proudly proclaim:
Then it Hi! Hi! Hey!
For where'er we go, you will always know,
|The Code of Conduct||The Corps|
The Corps! Bareheaded salute it,
We, sons of to-day, we salute you --
Grip hands with us now, though we see not,
The Late Bishop H.S. Shipman
|Schofield's Definition of Discipline||Worth's Battalion Orders|
The discipline which makes the soldiers of a free country reliable in battle is not to be gained by harsh or tyrannical treatment. On the contrary, such treatment is far more likely to destroy than to make an army. It is possible to impart instruction and to give commands in such a manner and such a tone of voice to inspire in the soldier no feeling but an intense desire to obey, while the opposite manner and tone of voice cannot fail to excite strong resentment and a desire to disobey. The one mode or the other of dealing with subordinates springs from a corresponding spirit in the breast of the commander. He who feels the respect which is due to others cannot fail to inspire in them regard for himself, while he who feels, and hence manifests, disrespect toward others, especially his inferiors, cannot fail to inspire hatred against himself.
Major General John M. Schofield
But an officer on duty knows no one -- to be partial is to dishonor both himself and the object of his ill-advised favor. What will be thought of him who exacts of his friends that which disgraces him? Look at him who winks at and overlooks offenses in one, which he causes to be punished in another, and contrast him with the inflexible soldier who does his duty faithfully, notwithstanding it occasionally wars with his private feelings. The conduct of one will be venerated and emulated, the other detested as a satire upon soldiership and honor.
Brevet Major William Jenkins Worth
|How is the Cow?||What is the Definition of Leather?|
She walks, she talks, she's full of chalk, the lacteal fluid extracted from the female of the bovine species is highly prolific to the nth degree.
If the fresh skin of an animal, cleaned and divested of all hair, fat, and other extraneous matter, be immersed in a dilute solution of tannic acid, a chemical combination ensues; the gelatinous tissue of the skin is converted into a nonputrescible substance, impervious to and insoluble in water; this is leather.
|MacArthur's Opinion of Athletics||MacArthur's Message|
"Upon fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds that upon other fields, on other days, will bear the fruits of victory."
"From the Far East I send you one single thought, one sole idea -- written in red on every beachhead from Australia to Tokyo -- There is no substitute for victory!"
|The Rocket Yell||Scott's Fixed Opinion|
(Whistle) - BOOM! - Ahhh
"I give it as my fixed opinion, that but for our graduated cadets, the war between the United States and Mexico might, and probably would have lasted some four or five years, with, in its first half, more defeats than victories falling to our share; whereas, in less than two campaigns, we conquered a great country and a peace without the loss of a single battle or skirmish."
General Winfield Scott
I am an American Soldier.
I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States of America and live the Army Values.
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.
I am an expert and I am a professional.
I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.
I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.
I am an American Soldier.
|Three Rules of Thumb||Leadership Principles|
|Legends and Traditions of the Corps|
....some anecdotes concerning the Long Gray Line....
|Slum and Gravy||Benny Havens|
Sons of slum and Gravy
Will you let the NAVY
Take from us a victory? Hell No!
Hear a warrior's chorus,
Sweep that line before us,
Carry on the victory! Let's Go!
Onward! Onward! Charge against the foe,
Forward! Forward! The Army banners go!
Sons of Mars and Thunder,
Rip that line asunder,
Carry on to victory.
Come fill your glasses, fellows, and stand up in a row
To singing sentimentally we're going for to go;
In the Army there's sobriety, promotion's very slow.
So we'll sing our reminiscences of Benny Havens, Oh!
To our kind old Alma Mater, our rockbound highland home,
May the Army be augmented, promotion be less slow,
|Black, Gold, Grey||Away We Go|
Black, Gold, Gray, as sons we salute you,
Ready to battle, and your honor defend,
We love you.
At your call the Corps true responds.
And we will fight to defend your name.
Our dear Old Alma Mater to the end.
Away, away, away we go,
What care we for any foe?
Up and down the field we go,
Just to beat the NAVY,
(Repeat three times)
|The Locomotive Yell (USMAPS)||USMAPS Purpose and Mission|
Rah! Rah! - Ray! Ray! - U-S-M-A-P-S.
Rah! Rah! - Ray! Ray! - U-S-M-A-P-S.
Rah! Rah! - Ray! Ray! - U-S-M-A-P-S.
Rah! Rah! - Ray! Ray! - U-S-M-A-P-S.
Rah! Rah! - Ray! Ray! - U-S-M-A-P-S.
The Purpose of the United States Military Academy Preparatory School
To prepare selected candidates for admission to the United States Military Academy.
The Mission of the United States Military Academy Preparatory School
To provide appropriate academic, military and physical instruction in order to qualify and motivate candidates for admission to and graduation from the United States Military Academy.
The Soldier's Oath
taken upon entering the United States Army
|Cadet Honor Code|
|"I, (your name), do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."||A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.|
|Why We Salute||Definitions of the Tenets of the Honor Code|
LYING: Cadet candidates violate the Honor Code by lying if they
deliberately deceive another by stating an untruth or by any direct form
of communication to include the telling of a partial truth and the vague
or ambiguous use of information or language with the intent to deceive
CHEATING: A violation of cheating would occur if a Cadet candidate fraudulently acted out of self-interest or assisted another to do so with the intent to gain or to give an unfair advantage. Cheating includes such acts as plagiarism (presenting someone else's ideas, words, data, or work as one's own without documentation), misrepresentation (failing to document the assistance of another in the preparation, revision, or proofreading of an assignment), and using unauthorized notes.
STEALING: The wrongful taking, obtaining, or withholding by any means from the possession of the owner or any other person any money, personal property, article, or service of value of any kind, with intent to permanently deprive or defraud another person of the use and benefit of the property, or to appropriate it to either their own use or the use of any person other than the owner.
TOLERATION: Cadet candidates violate the Honor Code by tolerating if they fail to report an unresolved incident with honor implications to proper authority within a reasonable length of time. "Proper authority " includes the Commandant, the Assistant Commandant, the Director of Military Training, the Athletic Director, a tactical officer, teacher or coach. A "reasonable length of time" is the time it takes to confront the Cadet candidate suspected of the honor violation and decide whether the incident was a misunderstanding or a possible violation of the Honor Code. A reasonable length of time is usually considered not to exceed 24 hours.
To have violated the honor code, a Cadet candidate must have lied, cheated, stolen, or attempted to do so, or tolerated such action on the part of another Cadet candidate. The procedural element of the Honor System examines the two elements that must be present for a Cadet candidate to have committed an honor violation: the act and the intent to commit that act. The latter does not mean Intent to violate the Honor Code, but rather the Intent to commit the act itself.
The Cadet Oath
taken upon entering the United States Military Academy
|"I, (your name), do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States, and bear true allegiance to the National Government; that I will maintain and defend the sovereignty of the United States, paramount to any and all allegiance, sovereignty, or fealty I may owe to any State or Country whatsoever; and that I will at all times obey the legal orders of my superior officers, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice."||
"Leadership in a democratic army means firmness, not harshness;
understanding, not weakness; pride, not egotism."
--General Omar Bradley
"History will show that no man rose to military greatness, who could not
convince his troops that he put them first."
"I would rather try to persuade a man to go along, because once I have
persuaded him, he will stick. If I scare him, he will stay just as long
as he is scared, then he is gone."
We've not much longer to stay,
For in a month or two,
We'll bid farewell to "Kaydet Gray,"
and don the "Army Blue"
With pipe and song we'll jog along,
To the ladies who come up in June,
Here's to the man who wins the cup,
'Twas the song we sang in old plebe camp,
Now, fellows we must say goodbye,
Cadet candidates are expected to act in a proper manner at all times.
This is especially true at social gatherings. These etiquette tips reflect the basic consideration Cadet candidates are expected to exhibit to others.
|A Glossary of Cadet and Cadet Candidate Slang|
ASAP, As Soon As Possible
AREA BIRD, n. A cadet candidate who is serving Punishment by being obliged to walk on the "GO ARMY".
ARMY BRAT, n. Son or daughter of a career Army Soldier.
BEAST, n. "Old Corps" slang for Cadet Basic Training.
B.J., Fresh; lacking in respect. "Bold before June." (from the days when Plebe recognition was the day before June graduation).
BLOW OFF, v. To not worry about something. To not complete an assignment or homework. ("I blew it off.")
BOGUS, a. Uncalled for audacity.
BOLO, v. To fail a test or qualification.
BOODLE, n. Cake, candy, ice cream, etc.
BOODLER'S, n. The cadet snack store.
BUST, v. To revoke the appointment of a Cadet commissioned or non-commissioned officer.
BUTT, n. The remains of anything, as the butt of the month.
BUTTER BAR, n. A new Second Lieutenant.
CIRCULAR FILE, n. Trash can.
CIVVIES, n. Civilian clothing.
COLD, n. Absolutely without error, as "a cold max."
COM., The Commandant of Cadets.
COW, A member of the second class.
CRAB, n. One who attends the Naval Academy. Also "SQUID" or "MIDDIE."
D., a. Deficient; below average, as in academics.
D.M.T., n. Department of Military Training.
D.P.E. & A., Department of Physical Education and Athletics.
THE DAYS, n. Required knowledge for Plebes; signifying the duration to the next major event for the upperclass, and "A finite number for the end of eternity" for the Plebes.
FIND, v. To discharge a Cadet candidate for deficiency in studies, conduct, or honor.
FIRSTIE, n. A member of the First Class.
FRIED EGG, n. Insignia of the U.S.M.A. , worn on the hat or tarbucket.
GHOST, n. A fourth class cadet who hides in his/her room to avoid the upperclass or to shirk duties. Also refers to an upperclass cadet who is rarely seen around a cadet company.
G.I., n. Government Issue (not to be used when referring to enlisted personnel).
GOAT, n. A cadet in the lower sections. A cadet near the bottom of the class.
GRAY HOG, n. An extremely USMA/USMAPS-oriented cadet.
GREEN GIRL, n. Comforter.
GREEN SUITER, n. An Army officer.
GROSS, a. Blundering; disgusting.
HELD REPORT, n. Explanation of Report.
HELL CATS, n. Musicians who sound reveille and the calls.
HOP, n, A cadet dance.
HOTEL NIGHT, n. One night a week when sheets are broken down due to laundry send out.
IKETTE, n. A girl who frequents Eisenhower Hall for the sole purpose of picking up a helpless male cadet. Impressed only by the "man in a uniform" Image.
IRP, v. A command: "Immediate Response, Please."
JUICE, n. Electricity, Electrical Engineering.
LIMITS, n. The limit on the reservation to which Cadets are restricted.
MAX, n. A complete success, a maximum. v. To make a perfect mark in academic recitation; to do a thing perfectly.
O.A.O., One and Only.
O.CO., n. Officer in Charge.
O.D., a. Olive Drab.
ODIN, n. A Norwegian god to whom cadets appeal for rain before parades, inspection, etc.
OLD CORPS, The way things used to be at USMA, (i.e., "When Dinosaurs roamed the Plain..."); In reality, when the Firsties were Plebes...
P., n. A professor, an Instructor.
PDA, n. Public Display of Affection.
PLEBE, n. A cadet of the Fourth Class, a freshman.
PLEBE BIBLE, n. "Bugle Notes", handbook of the Corps of Cadets.
PMI, n. Afternoon Inspection, a state less than SAMI.
POLICE, v. To throw away, to discard.
PLEBE BIBLE, n. (slang for BUGLE NOTES) The handbook of the Fourth Class, contains all essential knowledge for survival.
POOP, n. Information to be memorized.
POOP-DECK, n. The Balcony in the USMA Cadet Mess from which orders are published.
POOPSTER (or more commonly: PREPSTER), n. USMAPS Cadet Candidate/graduate.
POP OFF, v. Sound off in a military manner.
PRO, a. Proficient, above passing in studies of looks.
PULL OUT, v. To barely complete an assignment on time and meeting only the minimum standards. (Also SLUG STOPPER, n.)
QUILL, n. (2-1) A report for delinquency.
ROCK SQUAD, n. Remedial Swimming, an additional class for Plebe non-swimmers. (Derivative - ROCK, n. An individual that struggles in academics and "sinks" to the bottom of the class. "ROCK MATH" is the lowest section in Plebe Math.)
RACK, n. Cadet Candidate bed, also SACK, v. To sleep.
R.H.I.P., Rank Hath Its Privileges.
ROGER, n. I understand.
ROOM CON, n. Confinement to quarters, as a punishment for breach of discipline.
RD=FC, n. "Rough Draft Equals Final Copy". The art of completing a paper or project in one sitting.
SAMI, v. Saturday Morning Inspection.
SLUG, n. A special punishment for serious offense. Also SLAM, v. To impose a special punishment on someone.
SNAKE, n. One who will cut in at hops. v. to cut in.
SOLIDS, n. Engineering mechanics.
S.O.D., n. Senior Officer Of the Day.
S.O.G., n. Senior Officer Of the Guard.
S.O.P., Standard Operating Procedure.
SOUND OFF, n. A powerful voice. v. To use the voice so as to be heard, shout.
SPAZ, v. To function improperly. n. Someone who functions improperly.
SPEC, (speck), v. To memorize verbatim, as: "to spec blind." (Also SPEC AND DUMP: to memorize material to pass a test, then forget it.)
SQUID, n. One who attends the Naval Academy.
STAR MAN, n. An academically distinguished cadet candidate.
STRIPER, n. A cadet captain.
SUPE, n. The superintendent.
TAC, n. A tactical officer.
TED, n. An intelligent person or one who learns quickly (Also GEEK).
T.E.E., n. Term End Examination, finals.
TIE UP, v. To make a gross error.
TOUR, n. One hour's walk on the area (punishment); a period of duty, as a guard tour.
TROU, n. Trousers.
TURNBACK, n. A readmitted cadet.
UNSAT, n. Unsatisfactory performance.
WENT-OFF, Special attention from an upperclass cadet.
WOO-POO-U, n. USMA, Also, WOOPS.
WOOPS, Sound squids make when they see USMAPS Cadet Candidates.
WOPPER W.O.P.R., Written Oral Partial Review.
W.P.R., n. Written Partial Review.
WRIT, n. A written recitation, an examination.
YEARLING, N. A member of the Third Class; (also Yuk.)
YOU FLY, I BUY, Phrase. You pick the food up, and I'll pay for it.
ZOOMIE, n. One who attends the Air Force Academy.
Excerpts from remarks made in the Cadet Mess by President Ronald Reagan
to the Corps of Cadets and a national television audience on October 28,
"For here we train the men and women whose duty it is to defend the Republic -- the men and women whose profession is watchfulness -- whose skill is vigilance -- whose calling is to guard the peace, but if need be, to fight and win..."
Excerpts from remarks made in Eisenhower Hall Theatre to Corps of Cadets on 15 May 1991 by General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, USMA Class of 1956 and Commander of Operations in Operation Desert Storm.
"The mothers and fathers of America will give you their sons and daughters,... with confidence in you that you will not needlessly waste their lives. And you dare not. That's the burden the mantle of leadership places on you. You could be the person who gives the orders that will bring about the deaths of thousands upon thousands of young men and women. It's an awesome responsibility. You cannot fail. You dare not fail."
"Nations have passed away and left no traces. And History gives the
naked cause of it - one single, simple reason in all cases; they fell
because their peoples were not fit".
"But the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what
is before them, glory and danger alike, and notwithstanding go out to
"A leader is a man who has the ability to get other people to do what
they don't want to do and like it:"
"The art of war is simple enough. Find out where your enemy is. Get at
him as soon as you can. Strike at him as hard as you can, and keep
"If I do my full duty, the rest will take care of itself."
"God grant that men of principle be our principal men."
"I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. Do
your duty in all things. You should never wish to do less."