Established in 1802, the United States Military Academy at West Point is the oldest of the United States's service academies. Since the nearly 210 years of its existence, literally thousands of cadets have graced its halls. West Point has long been a leader in establishing traditions that have crept not only into the other service academies, but into colleges and universities throughout the United States. Traditions such as class rings, parades, rank structures, and its own lexicon have made USMA a model to emulate--and these are traditions that cadets must learn on the double. The life of a cadet is highly structured and full of pageantry. Pass in Review will be the first book to examine the lives of the cadets who earn their bars at West Point.
Author Clyde Cocke and photographer Eilene Harkless Moore will collaborate to chronicle the uniforms, events, and traditions of cadet life at West Point. From dining in the Cadet Mess to strolling the Flirtation Walk to participating in Ring Weekend, readers will get an inside peek into the life of a cadet. West Point's Highlanders, the Pipes and Drums of the United States Corps of Cadets, will be featured, as will the unique West Point Tartan. Contemporary images will blend with seldom-seen artwork from the West Point Museum collection to provide a behind-the-scenes look into the life of USMA cadets.
“Clyde Cocke’s Pass in Review is a deftly written and richly illustrated account of the United States Corps of Cadets. Drawing on impressive archival research and his personal experience as a cadet, Cocke gives his readers an insider’s look at West Point and, in particular, the lives of the young men and (since 1976) women who make up the Long Gray Line. This volume is a sturdy addition to Osprey Publishing’s military history collection.”
—Lance Betros (USMA 1977), editor, West Point: Two Centuries and Beyond, and author, Carved from Granite: West Point since 1902
“Author Cocke’s fascinating history of the U. S. Military Academy and its Corps of Cadets is a ‘must have’ resource for historians—it shatters some long-held myths about West Point—and is a great read for anyone interested in the evolution of America’s premier Service Academy.”
—Col. (Ret.) Jerry D. Morelock, PhD (USMA 1969), Editor in Chief, Armchair General Magazine
“Past histories of West Point have tended to focus on the institution itself. This one breaks the mold, concentrating instead on the very heart of the Academy—the Corps of Cadets. The flowing narrative, supplemented by a treasury of photos, traces the evolution of the Corps from its Revolutionary War origins right up to today: what they wore, where they lived, how they trained. A copy of this splendid book belongs in the library of every graduate and—especially—in the homes of all young Americans who aspire to join the Long Gray Line and, in their turn, pass in review on the Plain at West Point.”
—Dave R. Palmer, Lieutenant General, U. S. Army (Retired), USMA Superintendent, 1986–91
“For many who have visited, worked, or attended the Military Academy at West Point, the school’s traditions and environment seem almost constant. Clyde Cocke, in this illustrated history, vividly describes through photos and illustrations and an engaging narrative the evolution the Cadet experience and how the institution and its Cadets have adapted and changed to meet the needs of the Army and the Nation.”
—Mike Perry, Executive Director, Army Heritage Center Foundation
“Pass in Review includes a wealth of information on the history and traditions of the U.S. Military Academy. Any young man or woman interested in applying to West Point would be well served by reading Pass in Review.”
—Matthew J. Seelinger, Chief Historian, Army Historical Foundation