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Cadet finishes 'beast barracks' at West Point
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Cadet John David Howard Jr.

WEST POINT, NY. — Cadet John David Howard Jr., son of Renate Howard of Hinesville, has completed cadet basic training at the U.S Military Academy.
Howard entered West Point on June 30 and recently completed seven weeks of what is called “beast barracks,” one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their four years at the academy.
The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of cadets.
Howard began classes Aug. 21. The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors, balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a bachelor’s of science degree.
Howard graduated from Bradwell Institute. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2012 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

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