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Public Affairs : Class of 2016 to Enter West Point

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  RELEASE NO. 11-12

CLASS OF 2016 TO ENTER WEST POINT – June 28, 2012

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Approximately 1,150 cadet candidates, including more than 322 minorities, 15 international cadets and 35 combat veterans will report to West Point July 2, Reception Day, for the West Point Class of 2016.

The incoming class was selected from a pool of more than 15,000 applicants. There are 190 women, who comprise 16 percent of the class. Minority enrollment, roughly 27 percent, includes 105 African-Americans, 87 Asian-Americans; 115 Hispanic Americans and 15 Native Americans.

“I’ve never been more impressed than I am with the caliber of student entering West Point with the Class of 2016,” said Col. Deborah McDonald, Director of Admissions. “Their overall performance in academics, leadership and athletics is exceptional and provides the foundation for successful completion of the challenging West Point experience.

“These young patriots are coming here to devote themselves to becoming guardians of ‘Duty, Honor, Country’ – the West Point motto – and our United States Constitution. They represent our nation’s promise for the future,” McDonald continued.

The Class of 2016 includes cadets from every state in the nation and 15 international cadets entering the class under the sponsorship of their respective countries. The countries represented include Afghanistan (2), Bulgaria, Gabon, Guyana, Haiti, Kazakhstan (2), Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Thailand. Upon graduation, these cadets will return to their respective countries as officers in their armed forces.

During Reception Day, the new cadets begin the process of becoming West Point cadets and future U.S. Army officers. They undergo administrative processing, are fitted with their initial issue of military clothing, receive haircuts, medical and physical evaluations, and begin their first lessons in marching, military courtesy and discipline. As their first day ends, the Class of 2016 will stand before many of their parents and friends on the Plain to take the Oath of Allegiance from the U.S. Military Academy Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Theodore D. Martin.

New cadets will complete six weeks of Cadet Basic Training, learning the basic skills of the Soldier. They will participate in rigorous physical training, small-unit tactical training, and rifle marksmanship, as well as learning to respond quickly and accurately to their commanders under conditions of mental and physical stress. At the end of this initial training period, new cadets will be formally accepted into the Corps of Cadets. The Acceptance Day Parade for the Class of 2016 is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 18, at 10 a.m.