Congrats, fellow classmates! Looks like we're off to a good start. http://www.westpoint.edu/Dcomm/PressReleasesbd/nr41-10class_of_2014_RDay.html CLASS OF 2014 TO ENTER WEST POINT – June 21, 2010 WEST POINT, N.Y. – Nearly 1,400 new cadets, including more than 375 minorities, 12 international cadets and 17 combat veterans who served in Afghanistan, Iraq, or both, will report to West Point June 28, Reception Day, for the West Point Class of 2014. The incoming class was selected from a pool of more than 12,200 applicants. There are 250 women, who comprise 17 percent of the class. Minority enrollment, roughly 26 percent of the incoming class, includes 126 African-Americans, (the highest number in West Point’s history), 131 Asian-Americans, 125 Hispanic Americans and 13 Native Americans. “I’ve never been more impressed than I am with the caliber of student entering West Point with the Class of 2014,” 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 of the future,” McDonald continued. The Class of 2014 includes cadets from every state in the nation and 12 international cadets entering the class under the sponsorship of their respective countries. The countries represented include Cambodia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Jordan (2), Korea, Lithuania, Qatar, Rwanda, Thailand, Tunisia and Zaire. Upon graduation, these cadets will return to their respective countries as officers in their armed forces. During R-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 2014 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. William E. Rapp. 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; they will learn 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 2014 is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 14, at 10 a.m.