West Point Changes


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1900 - Authorized strength increased to 250.

1900 - Authorized strength increased to 481.

1926 - Authorized strength increased to 1.332.

1935 - Authorized strength increased to 1,960.

1942 - Authorized strength increased to 2,496.

1964 - Authorized strength increased to 4,417.



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Class of 1814:  First to wear the grey uniform.

Class of 1835:  First to have a class ring.

Class of 1922:  First to have an Honor Committee.

Class of 1933:  First to give a General BS degree to all graduates.

Class of 1944:  Last to be issued plebe trou with buttons instead of a zipper.

Class of 1944:  Last to be issued the Springfield rifle.

Class of 1948:  Last to have riding as a mandatory class.

Class of 1949:  Last to have riding as an elective.

Class of 1950:  Last to receive training with horses.

Class of 1958:  Last to have 25 percent go into the AF.

Class of 1959:  First to be able to "cross-commission" into other services.

Class of 1960:  Last to be assigned to companies based on height.

Class of 1963:  Last to spend all 4 years in the same company.

Class of 1967:  Last to spend Plebe Christmas at West Point.

Class of 1968:  Last to be trained in Cadet Drill.

Class of 1971:  Last to live in the old Central Barracks.

Class of 1972:  Last to brace for entire Plebe year.

Class of 1972:  Last to have Band Box Reviews in Old Central Area.

Class of 1973:  Last to brace thru-out Beast Barracks.

Class of 1973:  Last to see "silenced" as a punishment for honor violations.

Class of 1976:  Last to have mandatory chapel on Sundays

Class of 1976:  Last to see an all male Corps.

Class of 1977:  Last to graduate by order of merit and have an official "Goat".

Class of 1978:  Last to be issued slide rules.

Class of 1979:  Last to "sit-up" in mess hall past Christmas.

Class of 1979:  Last to have a "June Week".

Class of 1980:  Last to use a 3.0 grading system.

Class of 1982:  Last to have mandatory breakfast during class mornings.

Class of 1985:  First to have academic majors, rather than general BS degrees.

Class of 1989:  First to have a female First Captain.

Class of 1990:  First to be issued a standard and mandatory computer.

Class of 2008:  First to have non-gender wording in official songs.

Class of 2012:  Last to attend USMA (official name changed to West Point).


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