WEST POINT, N.Y. — The Class of 2023 is reporting for duty at the U.S. Military Academy.
West Point will welcome almost 1,200 candidates on Monday to begin a rigorous six weeks of Cadet Basic Training. The arrivals on "R-Day," or reception day, will immediately begin their first lessons in marching, military courtesy and discipline.
The class of cadets preparing to jubilantly toss their caps in the air at the U.S. Military Academy’s graduation ceremony Saturday includes 34 black women, a record number that’s a sign of concerted efforts to diversify West Point’s Long Gray Line.
New cadets will be formally accepted into the Corps of Cadets and the end of the six-week training in August.
The incoming class includes 285 women and 400 minorities.