West Point Appointments and High Schools

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    I know that when one of my son's cross country teamates was admitted, the banquet went nuts with the representative announcing it. That was in the spring of 2001. The high school since has sent 3 more, always having it announced at the awards banquet. Today, the school sends care packages to the former students, for their 'men.'

    These are 'highly regarded' alumni:

     
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    West Point = That place is tougher than most of us mere mortals can imagine. For as much Shit as I give 5StringJeff, I honestly respect him to the nth degree for having made it through the program. He faced stresses I may likely never even comprehend in my lifetime.

    :cheers2: To the future leaders of The Army.
     
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    Me too! Without reservation!
     
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    I went through some of the toughest of the Naval Academy, and it broke me, both physically and emotionally (if it hadn't been for the physical, I might have stayed). I respect anyone who can finish that place or anyplace similar, though I'll give those at the Colorado Playschool (Air Force) a hard time about their bus driver hats.
     
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    At our high school awards ceremony, I was presented with a certificate representing my admission into West Point. Apparently, the Army ROTC people had decided to present me with a four-year scholarship also, but didn't bother telling anyone until that morning. So I showed up and got presented both of them! :D

    And, as much as I would like to be humble, it was kind of nice getting a standing ovation from my classmates. It's too bad these new cadets won't be getting one from theirs. :(
     
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    BAH...just another ring knocker!


    Just kidding of course. All of the military academies are tough...they are designed to be that way. Otherwise we would end up having officers who think like a brand spanking new Berkely graduate ::shudder::
     
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    This was explained to me by a military relative: "ring knockers" or "ring tappers" are what they call West Point grads because they all get a West Point ring, which they habitually tap on the table when demonstrating that they... went to West Point.
     
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    Indeed, we do. :)
     
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    I feel really bad that the new cadets won't get that ovation jeff spoke of. It's pretty sad when a high school is obviously anti military to the detriment of a student.

    I heard that the Academies are no longer issuing a regular commission, that it is now a reserve commission same as all the other degreed/ROTC programs. Anyone know if that is true?
     
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    It's been true since the class of 1997. If one stays in 10 years, they have the opportunity to "upgrade" to an RA commission.
     

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