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New Cadets March Back from 'Beast Barracks' at West Point PDF Print E-mail
They survived the initial test.

Now it's on to four more years of learning how to be a soldier in today's Army.

Members of the West Point Class of 2020 took part Monday in the traditional 12-mile march from Camp Buckner on the military reservation's outskirts that marks the end of cadet basic training.

And when they came into view along Washington Road, a cheer arose from the family members who had lined up on both sides.

Cadets at the head of the group carried a banner with the class motto: With Vision We Lead.

Known as Beast Barracks, the initial training faced by cadets is so intense that not everyone who comes to West Point is able to handle it.

Of the 1,308 who showed up for Reception Day on June 27, 1,276 made the march back -- an attrition rate of nearly 2.5 percent.
 
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