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West Point welcomes new cadets with Class of 2023

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.

In this May 7, 2019, photo, black female cadets with the Class of 2019 pose at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. The 34 women comprise a small slice of the roughly 1,000 cadets in the class. The cadets say they're proud to be part of a milestone at the historic academy after four years of testing their limits. (Cadet Hallie H. Pound/U.S. Army via AP)
West Point to graduate record number of black female cadets

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.

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