About 2015

Approx­i­mately 1,250 cadet can­di­dates, includ­ing more than 340 minori­ties, 14 inter­na­tional cadets and 21 com­bat vet­er­ans who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, or both, will report to West Point June 27, Recep­tion Day, for the West Point Class of 2015.

The incom­ing class was selected from a pool of almost 14,000 appli­cants. There are 213 women, who com­prise 17 per­cent of the class. Minor­ity enroll­ment, roughly 28 per­cent, includes 132 African-Americans, the high­est num­ber in West Point’s his­tory; 76 Asian-Americans; 121 His­panic Amer­i­cans and 12 Native Americans.

The cal­iber of the stu­dents enter­ing West Point with the Class of 2015 is remark­able,” said Col. Deb­o­rah McDon­ald, direc­tor of admis­sions. “We are in the longest pro­tracted war in our nation’s his­tory. The young men and women who join The Long Gray Line are inspired to self­less ser­vice to our nation as they embark on their path to officership.

The West Point expe­ri­ence is chal­leng­ing, and their excep­tional per­for­mance in aca­d­e­mics, lead­er­ship and ath­let­ics pro­vides the foun­da­tion for suc­cess here and in the future when they lead our men and women in uni­form,” McDon­ald continued.

I’m excited about our nation’s promise for the future when I see young patri­ots such as these com­ing here to devote them­selves to becom­ing guardians of Duty, Honor, Coun­try – the West Point motto — and our U.S. Constitution.”

The Class of 2015 includes cadets from every state in the nation and 14 inter­na­tional cadets enter­ing the class under the spon­sor­ship of their respec­tive coun­tries. The coun­tries rep­re­sented include Chad, Colom­bia, Geor­gia, Hon­duras, Jor­dan, Kaza­khstan, Latvia, Lithua­nia, Mal­dives, Roma­nia, Rwanda, Ser­bia, Tunisia and Tai­wan. Upon grad­u­a­tion, these cadets will return to their respec­tive coun­tries as offi­cers in their armed forces.

Dur­ing Recep­tion Day, the new cadets begin the process of becom­ing West Point cadets and future U.S. Army offi­cers. They undergo admin­is­tra­tive pro­cess­ing, are fit­ted with their ini­tial issue of mil­i­tary cloth­ing, receive hair­cuts, med­ical and phys­i­cal eval­u­a­tions, and begin their first lessons in march­ing, mil­i­tary cour­tesy and dis­ci­pline. As their first day ends, the Class of 2015 will stand before many of their par­ents and friends on The Plain to take the Oath of Alle­giance from the U.S. Mil­i­tary Acad­emy Com­man­dant of Cadets Brig. Gen. William E. Rapp.

New cadets will com­plete six weeks of Cadet Basic Train­ing, learn­ing the basic skills of the Sol­dier. They will par­tic­i­pate in rig­or­ous phys­i­cal train­ing, small-unit tac­ti­cal train­ing, and rifle marks­man­ship; they will learn to respond quickly and accu­rately to their com­man­ders under con­di­tions of men­tal and phys­i­cal stress. At the end of this ini­tial train­ing period, new cadets will be for­mally accepted into the Corps of Cadets. The Accep­tance Day Parade for the Class of 2015 is sched­uled for Sat­ur­day, Aug. 13, at 10 a.m.

About West Point

The U.S. Mil­i­tary Acad­emy is a four-year co-educational fed­eral under­grad­u­ate lib­eral arts col­lege located 50 miles north of New York City. Founded in 1802 as America’s first col­lege of engi­neer­ing, it con­sis­tently ranks as one of the top col­leges in the nation. A pre-eminent leader devel­op­ment insti­tu­tion, its mis­sion remains con­stant — to edu­cate, train and inspire cadets for careers of pro­fes­sional ser­vice to the Army and the nation. For more infor­ma­tion go to www.westpoint.edu.
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