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๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธRun back (to West Point from Camp Buckner). The 7.5 mile culminating event of a four week field exercise (Cadet Field Training - CFT) where plebes come out as strengthened NCOs, corporals, otherwise known as team leaders for the Corps of Cadets. You are no longer responsible just for yourself but you will carry on the responsibility of taking care of and leading plebes for an entire year. The first step in leadership is learning to follow.
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CFT is a step up from CBT where it focuses solely on field training familiarity and development. You will learn more tactics, marksmanship, and develop greater physical/mental toughness. There will be times during this FTX where you will be cold, wet, and dirty - but you will learn to endure, embrace, and thrive. You will learn again what your limits are and how far you can push them.
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You will have the opportunity to compete for the Recondo badge during CFT (Buckner). This is the ONLY time to compete for it. The challenge includes passing: the APFT, the tactical combat casualty care (TC3) test, assembly and functions check on a m249/m240b, all obstacles at Buckner with a GO, 5 mile trail run, 3 mile assault pack run, and getting a perfect score (5/5) on daytime land navigation. It will require you to be well-rounded, physically fit and quick on your feet (literally). The Recondo badge can be worn on your USMA uniforms and only at West Point.
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Buckner was a great time and I made plenty of friends. Take the time to get to know everyone in your squad and build long lasting friendships. You don't know when they will need to cover your 6 down range.
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If you have any questions about CFT, feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a DM! ๐Ÿ“ฉ If you know someone that would benefit from this post, feel free to tag them in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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โณ 6 days until Beast! ๐Ÿ™ˆTo some, time is flying by and to others, it may seem like an eternity. You are about to embark on an exciting, new chapter in your life. It is daunting at first glance and uncertain to many. I am sure the feeling of nervousness or anxiety has kicked in. And you may be thinking, "what did I get myself into"? (I have asked this question many times throughout my academic and military career). ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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It's alright. It's okay to feel that way. It's completely normal. You care and you want to do your best. You have high hopes, high expectations, and you don't want to let anyone down.
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However, don't doubt yourself. Don't doubt your abilities to think outside the box. ๐Ÿ“ฆ You are smart and a high achiever. You have the determination, the persistence, and the grit to keep going - especially when times get tough. Don't doubt your athleticism. ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿป You know that feeling, when your body has built up lactic acid, and yet you continue to move forward. Push yourself. Push your mind and your body outside of its limits. Be courageous. Take the leap of faith. Trust yourself, your equipment, your battle buddies, and your leadership. They won't lead you astray -- only towards victory. Be confident...but remain humble. You only know what you know. Recognize what you don't. Share your expertise with your battle buddies. And ask for help when you are struggling. That's true strength. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป Go in with an open mind and see things from a different perspective. ๐Ÿ‘€ Things will change frequently so be flexible and adaptable.
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Many have come before you and they made it. You will too! This experience is what you make of it. Go in with a good attitude and be willing to learn as much as you can. ๐Ÿ“šThis is YOUR four year experience. How do you want to remember it? ๐Ÿค” Don't forget that end goal in your mind. Make it a reality! ๐ŸŽ“
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If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a DM! ๐Ÿ“ฉ If you know someone that will find this post helpful, please share or tag them below! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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We got about 12 inches of snow yesterday . . . Love how it all looks . . . from the inside ๐Ÿ˜‰#hudsonvalley #hudsonvalleyphotographer #hudsonvalleylife #unitedstatesmilitaryacademy

First full dress parade #WestPoint #UnitedStatesMilitaryAcademy

Holy crap, Hailey got into West Point! ๐Ÿ’™ I'm beyond, beyond proud of everything she's done. ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ #UnitedStatesMilitaryAcademy

47 months, 47 months complete. I've been looking forward to this day for so long. Thankful for my family, friends, instructors, and mentors for helping me through this journey. It was a tough but very rewarding experience and I couldn't be more excited to be leading America's sons and daughters in the near future. #usma2017 #imanoldgradnow #unitedstatesmilitaryacademy

Congratulations to the class of 2016 West Point - The U.S. Military Academy! Thank you again for using Mountain View Deli. We hope you enjoy your special day. We wish you luck in all your future endeavors and thank you for your commitment to our country! #westpoint #unitedstatesmilitaryacademy #classof2016

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โณ 6 days until Beast! ๐Ÿ™ˆTo some, time is flying by and to others, it may seem like an eternity. You are about to embark on an exciting, new chapter in your life. It is daunting at first glance and uncertain to many. I am sure the feeling of nervousness or anxiety has kicked in. And you may be thinking, "what did I get myself into"? (I have asked this question many times throughout my academic and military career). ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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It's alright. It's okay to feel that way. It's completely normal. You care and you want to do your best. You have high hopes, high expectations, and you don't want to let anyone down.
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However, don't doubt yourself. Don't doubt your abilities to think outside the box. ๐Ÿ“ฆ You are smart and a high achiever. You have the determination, the persistence, and the grit to keep going - especially when times get tough. Don't doubt your athleticism. ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿป You know that feeling, when your body has built up lactic acid, and yet you continue to move forward. Push yourself. Push your mind and your body outside of its limits. Be courageous. Take the leap of faith. Trust yourself, your equipment, your battle buddies, and your leadership. They won't lead you astray -- only towards victory. Be confident...but remain humble. You only know what you know. Recognize what you don't. Share your expertise with your battle buddies. And ask for help when you are struggling. That's true strength. ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป Go in with an open mind and see things from a different perspective. ๐Ÿ‘€ Things will change frequently so be flexible and adaptable.
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Many have come before you and they made it. You will too! This experience is what you make of it. Go in with a good attitude and be willing to learn as much as you can. ๐Ÿ“šThis is YOUR four year experience. How do you want to remember it? ๐Ÿค” Don't forget that end goal in your mind. Make it a reality! ๐ŸŽ“
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If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a DM! ๐Ÿ“ฉ If you know someone that will find this post helpful, please share or tag them below! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธAffirmation. This special event is held the night before the first day of classes at the beginning of your Cow year. This ceremony highlights the day you affirm to commit the next two years at the Academy and five years of active duty service upon graduation. For some cadets, the decision is simple, however, for others, they have their own personal reasons for declining. Cadets have an opportunity to resign prior to this ceremony without an obligation of incurring any service obligation or financial burden for whatever reason. Prior to this event, many cadets acknowledge they would be attending West Point as students, but the ceremony itself marks a legally-binding commitment to the profession of arms serving as an active duty military officer.
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Cadets dawn the India Whites uniform (a rare occasion to wear them) with their white chapel belts and white gloves. They are presented a commemorative class coin with their 50 year affiliate class.
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Another momentous milestone at West Point! An unforgettable night with the greatest future officers to your left and right.
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If you have any questions about Affirmation night, feel free to leave a comment down below or drop me a DM! ๐Ÿ“ฉ If you know anyone that would find this post helpful, feel free to share or tag someone below! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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I never thought this would be the context of our first shoe shopping experience in over 15 years. Getting training boots ready for little sister's boot camp next week. Our family's first U.S. military rep. So #proud of her. #westpointbound #usarmy.
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๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿป๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธRun back (to West Point from Camp Buckner). The 7.5 mile culminating event of a four week field exercise (Cadet Field Training - CFT) where plebes come out as strengthened NCOs, corporals, otherwise known as team leaders for the Corps of Cadets. You are no longer responsible just for yourself but you will carry on the responsibility of taking care of and leading plebes for an entire year. The first step in leadership is learning to follow.
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CFT is a step up from CBT where it focuses solely on field training familiarity and development. You will learn more tactics, marksmanship, and develop greater physical/mental toughness. There will be times during this FTX where you will be cold, wet, and dirty - but you will learn to endure, embrace, and thrive. You will learn again what your limits are and how far you can push them.
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You will have the opportunity to compete for the Recondo badge during CFT (Buckner). This is the ONLY time to compete for it. The challenge includes passing: the APFT, the tactical combat casualty care (TC3) test, assembly and functions check on a m249/m240b, all obstacles at Buckner with a GO, 5 mile trail run, 3 mile assault pack run, and getting a perfect score (5/5) on daytime land navigation. It will require you to be well-rounded, physically fit and quick on your feet (literally). The Recondo badge can be worn on your USMA uniforms and only at West Point.
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Buckner was a great time and I made plenty of friends. Take the time to get to know everyone in your squad and build long lasting friendships. You don't know when they will need to cover your 6 down range.
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If you have any questions about CFT, feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a DM! ๐Ÿ“ฉ If you know someone that would benefit from this post, feel free to tag them in the comments! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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#westpoint #westpointgrad #westpointacademy #usma #usma2023 #usma2022 #usma2021 #usma2016 #usma2017 #unitedstatesmilitaryacademy #cadets #cadet #thomasvlogs #army #recondo #buckner #campbuckner

๐Ÿ’‘ "Will you wait for me?" Five words every long distance couple knows all too well. It is a long and difficult path but holds the greatest reward for those who remain committed and resilient. There will be times at West Point and when you are in the military where you will be temporarily away from your significant other for extended periods of time. That is a given and it's not easy. Quite honestly, it doesn't get easier over time. But you learn to cope with it better. You find creative ways to stay within each others lives from afar. If that means daily texts, phone calls, video messages, and letters. If that means sending care packages, flowers or cards. It is a reminder that you are thinking of them and that you care about them. It tells them they are worth it.
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My biggest advice for those in a long distance relationship is to remain steadfast and patient. Remain loyal and true to your partner. Believe in your relationship and listen to your significant other (especially when they aren't saying anything). Keep the fire going while you are away and ignite it when you are together. A lasting love is built on the active efforts of the two individuals in the relationship.
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You guys can do it! I truly believe it. I can attest to this because I am still in a long distance relationship. We are happy and healthy and will be even more when we are together (for good)!
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Yes, I will wait for you. ๐Ÿ’•
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โ›ณ๏ธ SGR. Summer Golf Regiment (not an actual thing but something my friends and I actually remember it by). When I had free time at West Point (is there such a thing?), my friends and I would usually schedule tee times to play 9/18 holes at the West Point Golf Course. Contrary to what one would think, it's actually a pretty nice golf course with all the amenities (golf carts, rental clubs, a lodge that sells food and beverages, driving range). It's a good place to check out during your down time and it's open to the public. Not everyone takes advantage of it because they are either too busy or don't know about it. (This is the golf course that you will ruck through in your march back after Beast). In addition, I also took a golf class as one of my P.E. electives to learn more about golfing (20 lessons).
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โ›ท๐ŸŽฟ๐Ÿ‚ Also, if you are into skiing or snowboarding, Victor Ski Slope is right next to the golf course. The prices are fair and the slopes are decent. Ski lifts and warm lodges during the winter are all provided. Again, seek out these great opportunities around West Point to ensure you have an enriched experience! Well worth it!
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If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a DM! ๐Ÿ“ฉ If you found this post helpful, let me know too! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ We'll talk soon!
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๐ŸฅŠ Combatives. A hand-to-hand combat course at West Point that tests physical fitness and endurance. You take this course your cow year where you learn to build mental toughness ๐Ÿ˜ค, confidence, and discipline. It trains you with practical combat skills that could potentially save your life in the future. The class is split by weight class (regardless of gender). It starts off slow, working on basic fundamentals and techniques. Eventually you will work your way towards sparring where you will have the opportunity to showcase what you have learned in the past 20 lessons. You will spar with multiple opponents with various skill levels. The class is taught by an instructor who is Combatives Level 1 or higher. Unfortunately, after taking this course, you don't get Combatives Level 1 certified but you will have the opportunity to get certified later on at your unit. This mandatory familiarization course serves you well as you go through the course in the future. If you are interested beyond the course, there is a MMA club at West Point.
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This video showcases one of the culminating events in order to get qualified for Combatives Level ๐Ÿฅˆ. You aren't allowed to strike and must subdue the instructor. I shot this video during my MS BOLC Course (not at West Point).
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If you have any questions about combatives, feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a DM! ๐Ÿ“ฉ If you found this post help, let me know too! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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Did you know the United Nations HQ is in New York City on 1st Ave and 42nd? Neither did I for the longest time. And it's only a train ride away. ๐Ÿšž
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If you have not visited the UN before, it's a great experience that offers insight on where international decisions are made. On your visit, you will be escorted by a tour guide that outlines the history and mission of the United Nations. I visited the UN twice through West Point. Once was with the Global Leaders Club (formerly the International Cadets Club) and a second time with the GEnE Department. One of the many great opportunities West Point exposes cadets to in order to make them more well-rounded and adaptive leaders. Thanks West Point!
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If you have any questions about the UN, feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a DM! ๐Ÿ“ฉ If you found this post helpful, let me know too! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ The Annual West Point - Royal Military College of Canada Exchange. The friendly rivalry started in 1923 (after WWI) and has continued to this day. The annual exchange is a weekend filled with sports and festivities. It promotes friendship, esprit de corps, competition, and greater cultural awareness between the two academies. The academies usually alternate hosting every other year with several hundred cadets attending. You will get the chance to visit RMCC's beautiful campus in Kingston, Ontario (it's about a 5.5 hour drive), attend their classes, participate in the Winter Games events, compete in various sporting events (like Taekwondo ๐Ÿฅ‹ or even debate/chess ๐Ÿ—ฃ).
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The relationships built in this one weekend can last a lifetime. Exchanges like this allow cadets from both countries to recognize that one day, they could potentially be fighting together in combat on the same side. .
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I actually have a full vlog of this weekend that I haven't edited yet. If you are interested in seeing the video, leave a comment below! Also, if you have any questions about the exchange or what RMCC is like (it's really fun!), feel free to leave a comment below or drop me a DM! ๐Ÿ“ฉ If you found this post helpful, let me know too! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ
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ๆœ€่ฟ‘ใ‚ใฃใใ‚Šใ ใฃใŸU.S.M.A.(็ฑณๅ›ฝ้™ธ่ปๅฃซๅฎ˜ๅญฆๆ ก)ใฎใƒˆใƒผใƒˆใƒใƒƒใ‚ฐใ€‚
ใ‚ทใƒณใƒ—ใƒซใชใŒใ‚‰ใƒ‡ใ‚ถใ‚คใƒณใŒ็ง€้€ธใ ใจๆ€ใ„ใพใ™ใ€‚
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โ‰๏ธ Have you seen the new video? Check out the link in the bio for the full scoop. In this video, I talk about the ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”Ÿ things I recommend bringing to Beast on R-Day. If there is someone you know that would find this information helpful, please tag them below. ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
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If you have any questions about this list or would like a second opinion, feel free to comment below or drop me a DM! ๐Ÿ“ฉ I would love to hear from you all! Again, thanks for your continuous support. It is a pleasure to connect with each and everyone of you!
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