West Point is the US Army Academy.. West Point was founded in 1802. It is 50 miles north of New York City. It overlooks the River Hudson.
James Webster Smith was the first black cadet. He was admitted in 1870.
Women were admitted to West Point in 1976. Women now comprise 15% of the cadets/
Men and women go to West Point for a 4 year course to become officers in the US Army. The gain a bachelor’s degree as part of this.
It is difficult to get into West Point. People have to be very brainy and athletic to gain admission. The students at West Point are called cadets. They do a physically very demanding programme. They play sports. They also do academic subjects such as Mathematics, English, History, Chemistry and so on. They can do many languages like Portuguese an Chinese.
West Point demands honesty from its students. ANyone who lies, cheats or steals is kicked out. If a student finds that another is breaking a rule he or she must report that other person.
Those who graduate are ranked. Roughly 1 000 people graduate each year. The best one is declared to be 1st, the second best is 2nd and so on right down to number 1000 out of 1000.
Several famous army officers are buried there. They include William Westmoreland who was the most senior American commander in Vietnam and George C Custer who was the defeated American commander at the Battle of Little Big Horn.
Cadets must be at least 17 when they begin and unmarried.
Only 13% of those who apply to West Point are accepted.
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