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May 11, 2009


Top Things You Need To Do Before Your Son or Daughter Enters West Point


R-Day thru A-Day


Encourage your soon to be “New Cadet” to continue his/her Conditioning Program (if for no other reason to break-in new running shoes).



Pack for the Academy Trip (purchase Boots and low quarters and break them in!). You can also get boots at the Academy on R-day where they will be charged to your Cadet’s account.



Make Lodging Reservations for R-Day (June 29, 2009). For a list of area hotels/motels visit:





Make Lodging Reservations for “March Back” (August 10, 2009) and/or A-Day (August 15, 2009)



Make Lodging Reservations for Plebe Parent Weekend (March 12-14, 2009)



Make Hotel Thayer Reservations for Class of 2013 Graduation Week (no kidding)

Hotel Thayer begins taking Reservations R-Day (June 29, 2009) at 0900.


You must call ASAP to secure rooms for your Class’ Graduation Week!

Don’t worry you can cancel your reservation at any time in the future; someone will be there to take it!



Join the West Point Parents Club of St. Louis – meet with other cadet & grad parents





Purchase Class of 2013 T-Shirts and Tote Bags at the Visitor’s Center (Eisenhower Hall) on R-Day


These items usually sell out quickly, so make this a priority.  The Academy usually will take “back up” orders, which take several weeks for delivery.  Class Parkas may be purchased at the Cadet Store.







Obtain your New Cadet’s full address on R-Day. There will be tables for this purpose** set up in Eisenhower Hall. Three things to know about New Cadet Barracks mail:


                Be sure to address it to “New Cadet”

                NO PACKAGES can be sent

                Use only generic envelopes (no perfume).


Write early and often, it really helps the morale of your New Cadet. All messages should be positive and they should not say "the family is having a great time over the summer and we wish you were here." This could make some kids more home sick.



Read “The West Point Candidate Book” – gives an idea of most requirements for a cadet

Read “Absolutely American” – a journalist was embedded at West Point for 4 years 2000-2004

Read “The Unforgiving Minute” – written by Craig Mullaney Class of 2000






R-Day and beyond


Purchase ARMY-Navy Game (as well as other Athletic Event) Tickets


Each Cadet is allotted 8 tickets until June 15. You may purchase them at the A Club desk in Eisenhower Hall on R-Day or visit the Army Sports website at  http://goarmysports.fansonly.com or call the Ticket Office at 877.TTX.ARMY (877.889.2769) 845.446.4996



Write a card or letter to your “New Cadet” and Mail it (while at West Point) on R-Day

                New Cadet Name                                                (First and Last name)

                PO Box xxxx                                                        (4-digit PO Box Number will be given)

                United States Military Academy

                West Point, NY 10997-xxxxx                           (4-digit PO Box Number will be given )


Once the Academic Year begins (late August), you can send packages using UPS or FedEx:

                Cadet Name                                                         (First and Last name)

                Cadet Company                                                  (Ask for this also called Academic Company)

                Central Guard Room

                745 C

                West Point, NY 10997



Position yourself for the “Swearing In” at Trophy Point.


                This will be described at the June 7, 2009 Meeting.



How do you get your questions answered:


a.       Call your WPPC St Louis mentor parent

b.       Call any WPPC St Louis member

c.        Join Plebe Net – see what’s happening to your cadets class and meet other parents like you







**If you get lost, confused, disoriented or otherwise frustrated, WPPC St Louis Club will have a Booth set up in Eisenhower Hall for R-Day.