200 volunteers are cadets for a day

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

WEST POINT—Smiles initially greeted the 200 civilians Friday morning at the U.S. Military Academy.  But the drill masters of the rehearsal for Monday’s Reception Day, when hundreds of plebes will enter the academy as the class of 2015, quickly turned serious.

Rehearsal volunteers lined up to begin “Beast,” the initiation into military life.

“Face and eyes forward!” yelled one cadet.  “Do not fidget!”

This was easier for some volunteers who had completed the exercises before.  For most, however, keeping focused was difficult.

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