There are a number of different websites and Facebook pages that will help parents stay in touch with West Point. We've collected some of our favorites here.
Receive Parent emails directly from the West Point Parent Liaison office: List Serve sign-up
West Point Website Links:
West Point Association of Graduates Website Links:
We also recommend searching Facebook for your cadet's company page. For example, F-1 Firehouse has a page, and so do many of the other 36 cadet companies.
Other Useful Links:
(Book is available on Amazon)
Sandboxx - the easy way to send letters to cadets and deployed military personnel
p. 36-37 has information on medical care, specifically p. 37 for “when away from West Point”.
TRICARE is the military health system. This brochure also includes information about receiving medical care when away from West Point.
2022 Toast our Firstie Parents
(meeting starts about 45 seconds into the video)
Toast our Firstie Parents bonus material:
Understanding the Platoon Leader - Platoon Sergeant Relationship link.
Frequently Asked Questions for R-Day and Cadet Summer Training (Beast!) Note: this document is from 2019 and includes lots of information that is still relevant about traveling to West Point and what to expect over the summer. However, due to COVID, please understand that West Point may eliminate or alter some activities. Be flexible!
Red (Academics), Green (Military), White (Physical), and Gold (Character) Books
West Point outlines the critical details of the education it provides in these 4 books. They are now available in a digital format, but in years past they were printed and issued to cadets. They got their names from the color of the covers used in the printed versions. Check the top of this page for the latest editions.
Check here for West Point's guidance on scholarships and education IRAs & 529 plans.
Each year the Finance Office will send Cadets a letter about completing their taxes. Our Club will do our best to obtain a copy of this letter too, but please check with your Cadet for the latest as sometimes this information is not released to the Parents Club. As an example, here is the guidance provided to cadets for their 2021 taxes.
Get a jumpstart on building your military skills with these videos (note - videos are on YouTube and you may have to skip the ad before they will play):
10 Things to bring to Beast and 5 Things to leave behind...a funny 10+ minute video from a Cadet with some time-tested advice.
Information on Boot Socks:
"Should we buy black, green (olive), white or brown boot socks?"
Answer: Black or Coyote Brown for the outer sock, black/green(olive)/brown if you choose to wear a sock liner on road marches to prevent blisters.
Boot socks come in a variety of thicknesses, be sure you have enough space in your boots for your toes. Thick socks and tight boots = blisters, sore toes, and likely black toenails that will eventually fall off.
Military socks should NEVER be made of cotton (holds water, doesn't dry well)
Wool socks or blends of wool such as Merino, are favored by the military and hikers. They are generally comfy, durable, and keep you warm even when they get wet...but make sure you aren't allergic to wool.
Synthetic socks are a great alternative to wool/wool blend socks. They also typically dry much faster.
Be sure to wash your socks BEFORE you go to West Point and try them out. Some socks shrink, or you may find out you need a thinner sock or larger size boots.
Here are links to some examples:
Fox River Sock Liners (choose Olive)
Fox River Medium Weight Military Boot Socks (choose Black or Coyote Brown)
Darn Tough Tactical Boot Sock (choose Black or Coyote Brown)
Brigade Quartermaster Tactical Socks (choose Black or Coyote Brown)
Ranger Joe's Military Socks (choose Black or Coyote Brown)
More Tips and Advice
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September 23, 2021 Club Meeting Slides. Want to watch the recorded session? Video (1 GB download). Highlights:
2:55 Recent Events Re-cap
11:35 The Thayer Method Explained
16:35 Tips for the Academic Year
31:35 Online Resources Tour
36:20 Q&A with two West Point grads who are also parents of three cadets and are both current teachers at West Point and USMAPs.
West Point Lingo & Acronyms
July 22, 2021 Club Meeting Slides. Want to watch the recorded session? Video (460MB download). Highlights:
4:25 Reorgy Week
28:48 Academic Year
39:05 Who is the TAC
42:02 When/when not to call the TAC
51:49 Upcoming Events
Here is a link to a list of Cadet Clubs including academic, religious, military, hobby, diversity, and competitive clubs.
Summer Training 2021