Volunteer to be a West Point “Cadet Candidate” for a day

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Cadets – passing along an opportunity to volunteer at West Point.



Volunteer to be a “Cadet Candidate”

Friday, 28 June 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Reception Day (R-Day) is an annual event held at the United States Military Academy to receive over 1200 incoming Cadet Candidates to West Point.  This process starts the Cadet Basic Training and leads the new cadets on a road to becoming members of the Corps of Cadets.

Each summer the cadet leadership must rehearse this complex process that transforms 1200 civilians into new cadets.  The Corps of Cadets needs volunteers from the community to help rehearse and go through the process as if they were arriving on R-Day. 

If you are 12 years of age or older and in good health, please sign up and spend a Friday morning at West Point to be part of a storied tradition and help the Corps of Cadets prepared for this historic event.  The online registration is limited to the first 300 volunteers. 

Individuals that do not have a DOD ID card must enter through the Thayer or Stony Lonesome Gates.  Please plan to arrive early due to security searches.  All personnel over 16 years of age must be prepared to present a valid identification when entering West Point.

Volunteers should report to Eisenhower Hall no later than 8:30 a.m. on Friday, 28 June 2019 with a completed volunteer agreement form (parking is available vicinity Eisenhower Hall).  The rehearsal begins promptly at 9 a.m. and concludes with lunch in the Cadets Mess Hall from 12 to 1 p.m.  Participants should dress comfortably in proper seasonal attire, bring a water bottle and bring one piece of luggage / duffel bag no larger than a standard carry-on.  Mark luggage with your name to simulate that of a cadet candidate reporting for duty. 

You are welcome to bring a snack and carry it in your bag along with a bottle of water.  However, you will not be allowed to readily access your bag until the rehearsal is over. Water will be available throughout the rehearsal and the cadets will be aware of the environmental strains on the volunteers. 

Your support is greatly appreciated and is a crucial element to the success of R-Day.  It is guaranteed to be a fun-filled day that you will remember for years to come. 

Please note: if you will be a member of the incoming USMA Class of 2023, you may not participate in this event. 

Sign up at the link below.  Site will go active 3 June 2019: https://candidate.usma.edu/guest/rdayvol/rday_vol_init.cfm

If you have any additional questions after registration or need to cancel, please contact Ms. Catherine Weidenhof at catherine.weidenhof@westpoint.edu or (845) 938-8686.