The US Military Academy established
During America’s Revolutionary War, Army commanders often found themselves needing to hire foreign engineers and artillerists to outfit their troops. In 1802, legislation was passed by President Thomas Jefferson that called for a military academy that could train, educate, and perfect cadets in the science of warfare. The United States Military Academy, or West Point, as it is more commonly known, was established at the site of a critical Revolutionary War fortress in New York’s Saratoga Valley. Regarded as the strongest and most important territory by General George Washington, West Point is now the oldest continuously guarded fortress in America’s history. The USMA has since evolved into a diversified, coeducational university that graduates some of the best soldiers in the military. Notable alumni from the Corps of Cadets include Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Douglas MacArthur, and Dwight Eisenhower.
What do you think USMA cadets study? If you were studying to be an officer in the US Army, what classes would you want to take?