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A PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER

ACCEPTANCE

The end of Basic Cadet Training (BCT) is marked by the Acceptance Parade. During this event, cadets receive their fourth-class shoulder boards to recognize completing BCT and to signify their acceptance into the Cadet Wing.

In a ceremony associated with the parade, new fourth-class cadets culminate the intensive BCT core values, honor, ethics and human relations training by taking the Academy Honor Code Oath and pledging to live by its principles. It’s the end of one test but the beginning of another—meeting the new and different challenges that each succeeding year at the Academy brings.