Cadet Gray: A Pictorial History of Life at West Point as Seen Through its Uniforms


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I found it hard to get into initially as the heroine, Wendy is so irritating. The West Point Cadets' Sword is issued to cadet officers of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York for wear when the uniform is designated as "under arms," to include formal functions, drill, parades, inspections and graduation. The swords are issued to cadets in their First Class 4th year, and are returned to the Academy upon separation.

Despite its straight blade and lack of a knuckle guard, it is referred to by USMA staff and cadets as a "saber," likely because the commands for its manual of arms utilize that term as the command of execution e.

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The Ames model seems to be the grandparent of this type of Academy sword. The Academy added specific heraldry to their sword starting in Other academies customized their swords, but now only 2 remain.

The West Point-specific Cadet Sword is sold only to current cadets and alumni. The basic cadet sword might not be made from the same materials specified by the Academy and is sold without USMA heraldry, and can be purchased almost anywhere. The basic cadet sword has been or is made in Germany, India, Spain, and China, but not all swords are of the same quality.

Variations of the sword are used at The Citadel and other military academies and schools worldwide. The major differences between the two can be seen at left for the U.

West Point Cadets' Sword

The blade etching can be seen in a photo below. In full dress or while under arms the sword and scabbard are worn mounted from a white cotton sword shoulder belt that is hung from the right shoulder to the left waist, and a red silk sash is worn round the waist. A breast plate is worn centered on the breast. The sword is also used for drills or less formal military formations, when it is worn on a black leather belt around the waist with a brass buckle bearing the academy arms. In , the superintendent of the Academy ordered that sashes were to be worn with the sword.

US Army generals continued to wear silk sashes in full dress until when this practice ceased in the US Army, but it has continued at the Academy. In , Frederick P.

Todd noted [1] that today the West Point cadet officer is the only person in the Army who wears a sword and sash, and is the sole guardian of the tradition. The first swords used were legacies from the Army following the formation of the Academy in and are believed to have been similar to the French Grenadier Sergeant's sword used in the Revolutionary Army.

The first swords procured for the Academy were delivered in Swords used at USMA have copyrights and trademarks.

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They are controlled by the Directorate of Logistics, Cadet Services Division, Supply Branch and Service and Issue Center which now manages the maintenance of the swords, and their issue to qualified cadet officers. The Cadet Store manages the sale of swords to cadets, alumni members and other authorized Cadet Store patrons. Damaged and defective examples may be repaired or broken down and the components re-used.

Swords were ordered from the Springfield Armoury until , after which they were subject to competitive procurement. These swords were issued to cadet officers and non-commissioned officers between and There are no known surviving examples. Prior to the founding of the United States Military Academy in , cadets served an apprenticeship in the field with the troops.

After , the only cadets covered by Army regulations were those at West Point. Army cadet swords before are mentioned in three existing sources:. On 30 March , a General Order required cadets to wear a sword with a cut and thrust blade between 28 and 32 inches long and with a gilt hilt. On 22 September , the Superintendent of Military Stores, Samuel Hodgdon, wrote to John Harris, a military storekeeper, that cadet and noncommissioned officers' swords should be brass mounted with cut and thrust blade 30 inches long.


  1. The Cadet Uniform Factory.
  2. Ceremonial weapons.
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  4. West Point Cadets' Sword.
  5. The Project Gutenberg eBook of Cadet Days, by King, Charles..

In , a set of regulations was published stating that cadet swords should be the same as platoon officers' swords, inch cut and thrust blade mounted according to the branch of service. Most of the first cadets at the Military Academy were from artillery and engineer organizations, and so it is presumed that yellow mounted swords were almost universal.

On 4 September a General Order specified that cadet swords were to be "cut and thrust, yellow mounted, with black grips, in a frog belt There is no further mention of cadet swords in the Regulations until , when it was stated that they were to be of the type worn by the Pay Department, which then carried gilt mounted small swords with black scabbards. The first distinctive West Point cadet sword appeared in late Fraternity under fire for 'insensitive' party.

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