What New Army Cadets Go Through On Their First Day At West Point

– [Hairdresser] Ready? (laughing) (military fife and drum music) (military trumpet and drum music) – [Narrator] On a
scorching Monday in July, over 1,200 cadet candidates arrive at the US Military Academy for reception day, also known as R-Day,
it marks the beginning of their time at West Point. – All day long, the new cadets
will do a transformation from their civilian status and at the end of the day, take their oath to serve
our nation in the Army. (military march music) – [Interviewer] Why did you
decide to come to West Point? – Both my brothers went
here and it’s a great school and I wanted to join the Army afterward so there’s no better school to do that. – All my uncles, they served in the Army and they’re telling me that, all about this school and how great and all the leaders that came from it so I just wanted to
follow in their footsteps. (drum flourishes) (inspiring military music) – West Point is located about 50 miles north of New York City. It’s in the Hudson Highlands. It’s called West Point
because it’s located on the western point of the
Hudson River where it bends. George Washington recognized
this as a strategic point of interest because
the British had to attack as they came through the Hudson River. It’s the longest continuously garrisoned military installation
in the United States. – Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I welcome you to the United
States Military Academy at West Point. – [Narrator] After a short orientation, the cadet candidates have 60 seconds to say goodbye to their families. (patriotic music) For the next six weeks,
contact with family members, if any, is extremely limited. (drum music) Once they leave Eisenhower Hall, the cadet candidates are
now called new cadets. – New cadets, move, let’s go! Up to the tape! – You’ll move along the
wall, am I understood? – [New Cadets] Yes, Sergeant Pack. – You think you’re special? Look straight forward! – In 2018 to be accepted at West Point, you must be a United States citizen in good physical condition,
pass a medical exam to be able to be commissioned in the Army, and have a high academic achievement. – [New Cadets] I am soldier! – [Narrator] Tuition
at West Point is free, but the cadets commit to years
of service after graduation. – After their four years at
West Point they’ve committed to five years active duty
in the Army with three years in the reserve component. – Hurry up you guys, get there. – [Narrator] The new cadets
are issued physical training, or PT uniforms. – New cadet you better close this gap! – [Narrator] Along with a
bag that holds everything they’re allowed to carry
for the next six weeks. Their next stop, the barber shop. (military drum music) (hair clippers buzzing) – [Narrator] Only the male
new cadets are required to cut their hair. The female new cadets
get to keep their locks. – Hi how are you? Thinking about West
Point, what do you think? – Maybe. – Maybe, my brother and sister are here. – Your brother and sister are here? Pretty exciting. – [Narrator] West Point started
admitting women in 1976. Today more than 20% of
the cadets are female. – Over 24% of the class of 2022 are women. – Close that gap new
cadet, close that gap! – So we’ve seen a huge surge
not only in the interest in women applicants, but also
the retention of women cadets. (military drum music) – [Narrator] The new cadets
are assigned to companies where they learn the
basics of taking orders. – You wait for our command, do not do things on your own initiative! – [Narrator] And marching in formation. (cadets yelling) – We have upperclassmen from
the junior and senior classes that are here leading the new cadets. – Your lunch, your boots or
not they better be in the bag! – So this is a leadership laboratory, not only for our new cadets
but also for our upper class as they work on their leadership skills. (military drums) – [Narrator] Everything the
new cadets learn on R-Day culminates in the Oath Ceremony. Family members gather for one last look at the class of 2022 before
basic training begins. (Intense music) (intense music) – [Officer] New cadets,
raise your right hand and repeat after me. – One of the most common traits that I see of West Point applicants is
they wanna be part of a team that’s bigger than themselves. (intense music) – [Narrator] Those who
complete the rigorous six weeks of basic training will
be formally accepted into the corp of cadets. (dramatic music) – It’s gonna be a long six weeks, I can tell you that. I’ll get through just take it day by day but I know it’s gonna be
long, it’s gonna be hard, but I’m prepared for it. – I feel like it’s gonna
suck but in the end it’s all worth it. – All of us know what to expect really, we just go in there you now,
get yelled at a little bit, get on the bus, get yelled at some more. – I think it’s gonna be fun you know, everybody always talks about
it’s gonna be a miserable time but I think if you embrace
the suck it’s gonna be, it’s gonna be okay,
you’re gonna get through.

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100 thoughts on “What New Army Cadets Go Through On Their First Day At West Point

  1. A little different from, MCRD, Paris Island . 13 weeks of the best and toughest time of my life.
    If I smiled on the barbers chair , I would have left with a bloody and swollen head.

  2. If women don’t have to shave their heads then the men shouldn’t either. I like how we preach all this equality and then make it unequal! I realize this is a small matter but it makes other areas if equality suspect. Hmmmmm

  3. My son turned 18 today and so did our neighbors daughter. Which one will be getting a draft registration card in the mail? Equality is a bullshit word. Men shaved bald-women untouched. 100 push ups for men-20 "girl" push ups for women.
    And then guess what? That 110 lb girl gonna carry you to a medic if hurt? Like in the prisons. Can that 85lb girl do ANYTHING to help you when getting attacked by 5 inmates?!

  4. we had to go across the country to drop of our brother off at New York.. it’s been 9 days and I still miss him. I can recognize the whole area lmao

  5. The female cadets should be also forced to shave their heads. Gender equality is important in the army. We need more women on the front lines during a conflict. Males need to step back in army. Women need to show their leadership skills by leading during conflict.

  6. I can't believe how so many clueless idiots are whining about the women not having to get a buzz cut and making this a thing about "equality" and how men are apparently discriminated against, which clearly shows they know nothing about how the military works: Female soldiers aren't even ALLOWED(!) to get a buzz cut and have to keep their hair a certain length jfc but go on making fools out of yourselves

  7. I think all of these comments are interesting. Just member that the military is a volunteered service with rules and regulation. We choose to do it. And we respect the rules, regulations and traditions.
    That is what set us apart from regular civilians. Most of all… good, bad, ugly, we love that shit. So don’t advocate and pass judgement unless you’ve suited and booted up.

  8. They created the biggest killer's there who killed more people then Hitler ,typically Americans shouting that's all they can ,why they recruiting only deaf people or hardheaded

  9. Would not be able to go there. Too much temper. I don’t deal well with individuals in my face. I would be in jail quickly.

  10. 0:01 when you click on the video that’s how you act
    0:14 I’m getting my hairline fix
    0:16 he space out thinking that he can’t have sex for one year.

  11. Similar to PMA, in PMA's Reception they do normal pt until they can't do the pt, when they collapse or ring the bell 3 times it means quit 😂

  12. Why are the people in the comments making jokes and getting all offended like shut up these people risk their lives trying to protect and fight for our lives like bye 👋

  13. 🃏The West Point Officer trifles with the lives of his Countrymen

    and the Honor and Safety of his Country🃏

    ☣️The West Point Officer Lies, Steals, Cheats and tolerates other Officers who do☣️

    The West Point Officer is the absolute SCUM💩 of the US Army and Pusher/Pimp👿 of Every Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Iraq failed War that has ever come down the line to the Soldier in the Field💀💀💀

  14. Free economy sucks that's also a reason to join the army. Before Rome empire falled many joined the army to not starving and lead a life.

  15. 4:10 – 24% of the class roster are set aside for women. That means they are GIVEN a chance vs earning them. Through first hand knowledge, the women Rangers were given MULTIPLE extra chances vs being dropped for performance issues like the male classmates. Same standards, MY ASS.

  16. lol all this for nothing US is not free and nobody cares how many people die if they did they would the presidents would try to get things done without anybody getting kill but the reality is that all this is only to make rich reacher

  17. "Henry Kissinger referred to military men as "dumb, stupid animals to be used" as pawns for foreign policy." — The Final Days, Woodward and Bernstein

  18. Hmm, Im not sure many of these fine chaps and ladies would survive Sandhurst so easily especially since it appears Westpoint, training is a 3rd of the time.

  19. My uncle went to West Point and then was stationed in Germany in a high rank and learned 5 languages. Our family has always been proud.

  20. The United States has never won a war single handily and the most decorated army unit in the united states in WW2 was not even American.

    The most decorated was the 442nd Infantry Regiment (United States) American soldiers of Japanese ancestry, indeed.

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