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

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.

Comments (97)

  1. I will never fight another man's war!

  2. Did Mark Wahlberg narrate this?

  3. Civilian status to Slave status in 30 seconds flat

  4. 6 weeks? Is that the basic training? Or is that their entire schooling? I'm guessing its the basics cause 6 weeks in college goes by in a sneeze.

  5. That girl can bark me orders anytime

  6. Not as hard as marines

  7. 3:49
    Why only the males?

  8. I feel like I’m watching a strange society on an alien planet

  9. 4:18 Why is no one talking about the fact that her name tag says McDonald

  10. Still ain't shit compared to a Marine

  11. It’s legit the opening to full metal jacket

  12. Boi you want to serve in the army for the free edu after you serve. Come on now ?

  13. i’m going to meps on monday and i can’t wait to see myself after i made it through boot camp

  14. YouTube recommendations… damn, US Army recruiter level 100

  15. meanwhile at MCRD Parris Island

  16. Yes and there were WHITE recruits treated the same by BLACK officers…TOO!!

  17. Why serve for a country that is based on corruption…ruining ur life buddies

  18. yup… year of training, studying, getting orders from sh*tty head, graduating….. then first day of active duty SHOT DEAD!!!

  19. West point is like my school bcuz we have officers but the student are not forced

  20. "leadership laboratory" = just blindly screaming your lungs out at the newbies.

  21. 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.

  22. 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

  23. 1:48 who remembers Nanny McPhee after seeing this women????
    Childhood Memories refreshed ??

  24. Damn they’re being nice about those haircuts… basic they were just like shave shave gtfo of my face

  25. What are the qualifications for the cadre leading and yelling at the cadets? Are they upperclassmen?

  26. scratch that, I just watched 30 more seconds of the video to find out.

  27. 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?!

  28. Ahh just get em to the planes. Thats first Day

  29. 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

  30. Y'all have to take an oath. Damn

  31. Cadet in six weeks, okay

  32. Marching was pretty bad, other than that, looks pretty cool

  33. All officers are punk ass cowards. There training is weak like the frail lanky bodies.

  34. if i were a guy, i would cry if my hair was shaved off

  35. Manufacturing plant of indoctrinated murderers.

  36. 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.

  37. brainwashed, conditioned, puppets. Government don't care about citizens.

  38. Incredible institution! One of the top educational facilities in the U.S. Building leaders for the military and civilian sectors.

  39. The beginning reminds me of full metal jacket

  40. Cadets aren't people.

  41. Why are there only white people racisttttttttt

  42. Yeah, this is false. Cadet organizations are forbidden to shave a Cadets hair.

  43. At least th land it’s on is a military academy instead of a billionaires summer river mansion

  44. My uncle went got fourth place in his class here I’m so proud of him

  45. полная шляпа…это не армия,а сброд членососов.

  46. What's the name of the song at 1:15 ??

  47. She name is McDonald???

  48. Wait, the woman at 4:05 is the same as 4:15 years later?

  49. 0:16 my dude hasn't even started and already has ptsd xD

  50. This is why American cannot win wars these days hahahahahaha

  51. 0:16 men:"I didn't sign for this"

  52. I wish I could do this to. Respect and respect..

  53. My friends brother is going here

  54. 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

  55. Whats it like for the athletes

  56. As they interview the people with long hair i just smile devilishly

  57. 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.

  58. 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

  59. Even with their training our naruto running will get us into area 51

  60. they look lke child

  61. Anyone know the name of the bugle music that starts 1:13?

  62. Good thing I’m an air cadet

  63. The trauma based mind control cult of order followers the most immoral people in the world.


  65. BT is way harder than this shit. ONLY 6wks and one duffle?

  66. some people just come to get a free haircut

  67. Shave that mop off, ahhh feels cooler ?

  68. Rigorous* OH STFU 6 weeks, officers have it so easy

  69. To join the army do you have to go to Westpoint?

  70. 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.

  71. 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.

  72. Old enough to kill,old enough to die,just not old enough to smoke weed.

  73. 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 ?

  74. who knew "leadership skills" meant screaming at your subordinates.

  75. 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 ?

  76. ?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???

  77. She forgot about gen.Kosciuszko, because his name is west point!!!!

  78. 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.

  79. That's is paradise compared to the way Marine recruits are treated.

  80. this is shit only shouting like assholes in the name of serving the country

  81. Dude @ 0:09 looks like commander Erwin from Attack on Titan

  82. Class of 2022 …

  83. 4:33 my man dummy thicc

  84. 0:08 why does he look like a wax statue?

  85. they claim "equality but does not have to cut their hair just coz are "women" hahahahaha

  86. Equality they should shave the women bald as well.

  87. the new cadets have like, great military bearing like holy shit

  88. Sorry but I don’t I’d be intimidated by some 5”4 woman screaming at me

  89. 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.

  90. I can even hear americans ejaculating while watching…

  91. All that screaming, what does it accomplish?

  92. 0:16 he look like red skull

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