West Point- the first 200 years

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  1. brovol

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    For those who have never watched the documentary "West Point -The First 200 Years", I highly recommend it. We watched it on Amazon Prime, and it is an outstanding overview of the USMA , as well as a good American history primer. Having a child at West Point makes it all the more special. Frankly, I wish everyone would watch it, as there would then be an understanding of why West Point is so special.

    I think it rented for $3. Well worth it.
     
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    Thanks brovol, we'll check that out. I'm pretty sure we watched everything Youtube had on the Academy.

    I hope your son or daughter is thriving there. We were able to FaceTime with our son last Sunday during the Ice Cream Social and he absolutely loves it all; the hard work, the thinking, the cadre, and the growing sense of brotherhood he feels with his classmates. As a parent, it's incredibly gratifying to know your (former) child is fortunate enough to pursue such a noble goal, and that they want to.
     
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    This isn't on YouTube. We watched in on the Amazon Prime Video stream, and it cost $3, but you need an Amazon Prime account. It is two hours long, and looks like it was produced by PBS, but just guessing. I think it was done in the mid 2000's, maybe 2005? Really does a nice job with the history of USMA, as well as the current academy. Standards for admission over the years, the impact of WP on American wars throughout our history, and the impact of WP grads on business and industry. Addresses the criticisms of WP over the years. Tons more. We were really glad we found it and watched it. For all of those folks who have no clue when you tell them your child attends WP, if they saw this documentary they would finally "get it".

    My son seems to be doing well. He is generally enjoying the experience, even though there are hard and challenging moments. He says he is very much glad he is there. We got to talk to him for an hour and a half, and got several good laughs out of him. Sounded clear and mature. His host took and sent a picture, and my son looked great. It was cool to get a picture of him smiling. He is only 17, and never did any of the academy summer programs. Really has never been away from home for any extended period, so that is different, and he conceded that he misses us a lot, but is otherwise doing great. It was real nice to hear.
     
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