WPAOG Parent Handbook 2020-21

2 INTRODUCTION Welcome to West Point! Once your son or daughter reports to 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 The Corps 38 Support Services 41 Glossary 42 2020 Army West Point Football 46 The Long Gray Line 50 Supporting West Point & 51 the Long Gray Line The Long Gray Line 54 of Us Stretches West Point is Everywhere 56 Herbert Alumni Center 57 The Gift Shop 58 Helpful Phone Numbers 60 West Point Alma Mater 64 The Army Song 65 On, Brave Old Army Team! 66 USMA Map 67 Important Information 68 About My Cadet Notes 69 Proudly Funded By