National Geographic Channel


Surviving West Point

Surviving West Point

Meet the latest crop of West Point students, and follow them to graduation.

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Surviving West Point



The National Geographic Channel will show the 1st of 14 weekly series about surviving West Point. An excellent show on what your son or daughter will go through at WP.


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1. Shock to the System

January 4, 2003 7:00 CST

Reception Day at West Point is relentless—freshmen deal with separation anxiety and upperclassmen whose job it is to make them miserable. But this is how they separate the civilian from the soldier.


2. Pushed to the Limit

January 11, 2003 7:00 CST

To become a West Point officer, you must be broken down and rebuilt. During six weeks of Cadet Basic Training, new cadets are pushed to the edge and beyond.


3. Learning to Lead, Learning to Follow

January 18, 2003 7:00 CST

West Point is all about orders. Following them is tough enough, but you have to learn to give orders too. Here, the upperclassmen face rugged days as they continue their backbreaking military training.


4. Make or Break

January 25, 2003 7:00 CST

West Point's Basic Training isn't about how tough you are. It's about teamwork. And the true test is "Operation Warrior Forge," non-stop combat games guaranteed to push the cadets over the edge.


5. The Shock of War

February 1, 2003 7:00 CST

On September 11, 2001, the new cadets' world is turned upside down when terrorists attack. Meanwhile, West Point graduate John Maguire heroically races into Ground Zero to help rescue those who are trapped.


6. An Uncertain Future

February 8, 2003 7:00 CST

It's "branch night" here at West Point, when the seniors find out if they've gotten their desired branch of service, taking them one step closer to war.


7. Playing to Win

February 15, 2003 7:00 CST

At West Point, playing on the athletic field is considered good training for waging war on the battlefield. President Bush and Secretary of the Army Thomas E. White attend the highly anticipated annual match-up between the Army and Navy.


8. A World Apart

February 22, 2003 7:00 CST

Christmas vacation brings pleasure and pain as the cadets visit the lives they left behind—and their family and friends discover just how much West Point has changed them.


9. Studying War

March 1, 2003 7:00 CST

Welcome to military intercession, two weeks dedicated to teaching the art of war to tomorrow's soldiers. Classrooms transform into war rooms, as cadets study campaigns of the past.


10. Hearts and Minds

March 8, 2003 7:00 CST

Leaders cannot be robots. Beneath each uniform is a human being struggling to find a balance between the demands of duty and personal freedom.


11. Women Warriors

March 15, 2003 7:00 CST

You have to be tough to survive West Point. But you don't have to be male. The women here pride themselves on being the equal of any male cadet. Or are they?


12. Leaders of Character

March 22, 2003 7:00 CST

While seniors prepare to graduate into a world in conflict as leaders in the U.S. Army, plebes are learning what happens if they break the rules at West Point.


13. Put to the Test

This seems to have been eliminated?

West Point graduates are experiencing the real world, but the battles are not what they imagined. Often, the best thing that West Point can teach is to expect the unexpected.


14. Coming of Age

March 29, 2003 7:00 CST

As graduating cadets look at the year behind them, they know there is no turning back. From freshmen to firsties, it has been a long, tough time, but they have all survived West Point—and they face the future as Army officers and leaders.


Long Gray Line – 2000

From the History Channel:


Part I    Monday , November 25                       6:00 AM-7:00 AM

Part II   Tuesday , November 26                      6:00 AM-7:00 AM


The Long Gray Line: The Spirit of West Point, Pt. 1

In a 2-part unique look at the U.S. Military Academy, which celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2002, we chronicle how West Point develops leaders who embody the values of duty, honor, and country. Shot over the course of a year, the show begins with R-Day (Reception Day) and ends with the famous hat toss at graduation. We also cover key dramatic chapters in West Point history including the Civil War, the 1976 cheating scandal, and the controversial admittance of women. TV G 


The Long Gray Line: The Spirit of West Point, Pt. 2

Chronicles how the United States Military Academy's mission to develop leaders who embody the values of duty, honor, and country remains constant, but the means to achieve it have changed over two centuries. Interviewees include such famous graduates as Norman Schwarzkopf (USMA '56), Frank Borman (USMA '50), and Pete Dawkins (USMA '59), as well as current cadets and Academy historians and administrators. TV G