At West Point's Eisenhower Hall, 1,000 members of the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2019 received the branch assignments in the U.S. Army they will move to after graduation and commissioning next May.
Prior to the moment that Commandant Brig. Gen. Steve W. Gilland gave the command to "Open Your Envelopes," the class received advice from retired Maj. Gen. Bob Ivany '69 to "Get to Know Your Platoon Members," telling a story from Vietnam about how a soldier he underestimated came through at a key moment.
The academy acknowledged that 75 percent of the class, up from 70 percent, would be assigned to Combat Arms branches such as Infantry, Field Artillery, Armor and Aviation. Others, through a "Detailing" program, will spend several years in a combat unit before heading to their specialty branch. The number going to the growing Cyber branch was increased to 25 from 15.
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