March Back

March Back - August 8, 2022

The March Back is the culminating event for Cadet Basic Training. The new cadets, cadre, members of the staff and faculty, and select alumni march (ruck march) from Lake Frederick back to the cadet area of West Point. The distance covered is approximately 12-14 miles. Midway during the March Back, members of the USMA Affiliate Class join the trek to motivate and inspire the new cadets. 

The movement pauses at the Victor Constant Ski Slope where new cadets have an opportunity to eat breakfast and take a brief rest before starting the final leg of the journey.

After passing through Washington Gate, the formation is joined by the West Point Band and continues through the post finishing on the apron in front of Washington Hall. Parents do not have any contact with new cadets during this time, but the new cadets appreciate the support shown by those in attendance. The new cadets eat lunch on the apron and, once lunch is complete, join their academic companies and begin the process of reorganization in preparation for the academic year.

Details for the final exercise of Task Force Reich - Cadet Basic Training

March Back from Lake Frederick – 12.2 mile ruck march signifying the end of Cadet Basic Training. The exercise consists of a ruck march through the training area to the Victor Constant Ski Slope, stopping for a brief rest and breakfast before reforming and advancing down Washington Road.

Monday, Aug. 8 – The formation will pass in front of the Superintendent’s House – Quarters 100 by approximately 11 a.m

The Class of 2026, cadet cadre and Academy leadership, graduates of West Point (alumni – also known affectionately as "old grads"), members of the 50-year affiliation class, USMA 1976, the West Point Band and members of the staff and faculty.

Washington Road – sidewalks between Thayer Statue and West Point Cemetery. Please enter West Point via Thayer or Stony Lonesome Gates.

The formation – similar to a parade down Main Street – will enter through Washington Gate. The honor company (best overall company for CBT) will lead the way, carrying the banner with the Class Motto, followed in alphabetical order by the remainder of the Cadet Basic Training regiment.

Please park in the Buffalo Soldier Field parking lot or the south end of Thayer Road, just inside Thayer Gate and take the shuttle bus to the Washington Road area. The bus will drop off between Thayer Statue and the north end of the West Point Cemetery. The bus will circulate 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., traveling from Buffalo Soldier Field to K Lot (Starbucks and Subway location).

The bus will stop during the road closure and will run again when the road opens at the conclusion of the march.

The bus is recommended for your convenience due to parking restrictions in the cadet area.

There is limited parking in K Lot, near Subway and Starbucks – north of the cemetery.

Parents/guests will be asked to go to the bleachers across the Plain if you would like to cheer, wave and offer congratulations. Sorry – but no interaction with your cadet other than a wave, a cheer and lots of smiles. Take lots of photos. Social media posting is encouraged, so those who are not able to be at West Point can “see” the event unfold. Posters are allowed and encouraged! Congratulate the Class (and cadre) on a successful summer!

At the conclusion of the march, the cadets will have lunch, clean and turn in weapons and prepare to move to their academic companies. Diagonal Walk will be closed to all parents/guests. Parents/visitors are asked to depart shortly after the arrival of the formation. We thank you in advance for your support as the new cadets get ready to begin Reorganization Week and prepare for the academic year.

“This experience is really awesome because, throughout the six weeks of Beast, all the cadre have done an incredible job getting us acclimated to the Army lifestyle. They built us from the ground up, taught us discipline and every day, during training, we learned something new." 

Cadet Giovanni Biondo
Class of 2025