18.03.16 Otd West Point

March 16, 2018
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OTD in 1802:

America’s First Military School Founded

TheA U.S. Military Academy at West PointA is America’s oldest continually occupied military post.


Why “West Point”?

  • Dates back to Revolutionary War.
  • “West Point” is what George Washington, considered “the most important post in America“: a plateau on the west bank of the Hudson River.
  • Despite fierce fighting – Never captured by the British.

Click This Link: History

A Brief History:

1779: George Washington moved his headquarters to West Point

1802: The U.S. Military Academy was created

1877: First African American cadet graduated

1976: Enrollment opened to women

West Point Admissions

In order to be considered, applicants must be:

  • Aged 17 – 22
  • Unmarried
  • Under no legal obligation to support a child
  • “Qualified academically, medically, and physically”
  • Nominated by an approved source (ex: member of Congress)

Life After West Point

  • Upon graduation, cadets receive a Bachelor of Science degree, commissions in the U.S. Army, and must serve on active duty for at least five years.
  • West Point has forged countlessA leaders, including 2 U.S. Presidents (Grant & Eisenhower), governors, lawmakers, ambassadors, & 18 astronauts.

In 1826, when the West Point superintendent instituted a no-booze policy, about 70 cadets decided to bring their own eggnog to the annual X-mas party. After a few too many, an alcohol-fueled riot ensued. As a result of the "Eggnog Riot", 19 cadets were expelled.

by Jenna Lee,