Everything about it was agonizing. We operated on little sleep. The hazing never stopped. There were constant military and physical exercises. And it was only the beginning of four years of endless pressure and stress.
In retrospect I can admit it was definitely a character-building experience. And I understand why they deliberately make it so stressful.
The entire purpose of West Point is to develop men and women of integrity to be able to lead soldiers into combat. They're not playing around– it's serious business.
And I remember one of the first things they drilled into us from Day One was the Cadet Honor Code.
At West Point, the Honor Code is incredibly strict. It says that a cadet shall not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.
If they can't trust you to tell the truth about something mundane, or to not cheat on a physics test, how can they trust you with people's lives?