WPAOG Parent Handbook 2018-19

2 INTRODUCTION Welcome to West Point! Once your son or daughter reports to Eisenhower (Ike) Hall at West Point on R-Day, you’ll begin a new chapter in your life unlike anything you have experienced. We have designed this booklet to help parents understand and meet the challenges that await you during your cadet’s experience at the United States Military Academy. Prior knowledge about the journey is a powerful tool in preparing you for the 47-month cadet experience. TABLE OF CONTENTS Academy Overview 4 USMA Academic Achievements 5 Parent Support 6 Parents Clubs 7 West Point Association of 12 Graduates Overview Visiting West Point 14 Developing Leaders of Character 20 Plebe Academic Year 38 Yearling Academic Year 40 Cow Academic Year 42 Firstie Academic Year 44 Special Events Weekends 46 Programs 50 Support Services 53 Glossary 54 2018 Army West Point Football 58 The Long Gray Line 62 Supporting West Point & 63 the Long Gray Line The Long Gray Line 66 of Us Stretches West Point is Everywhere 67 Calendar of Events 68 Herbert Alumni Center 91 The Gift Shop 92 Helpful Phone Numbers 94 West Point Alma Mater 98 The Army Song 99 On, Brave Old Army Team! 100 Important Information 102 About My Cadet USMA Map 103 Proudly Funded By