Col. Sylvanus Thayer
as F OR a cenfury and a half, West Point trained U.S. officers. During the Revolution, the eminence over looking the Hudson was General Washington's favorite post. He called it "the Key to America." All during the dark years, he dreamed of a military academy In 1794, his dream came frue. A cadet was established by Congress. In 1802 fhe became fhe U.S. Military Academy. Col. Sylvanus Sylvanus Thayer, as "Father of the Academy" into effect the scientific training and military discipline that have made West Point and West Pointers what they are. Candidates for admission admission must be unmarried, between 17 and 22 years old. Since its founding, the school has graduated 14,434 men, including such leaders Generals Grant, Lee, Jackson, Meade, Longstreet, Sherman, Persh/ng, March, Eisenhower and MacArthur, In ISO years, instruction has been altered to keep up with the times. Today there are 2500 young men taking the three-year, war-accelerated course -- largest corps of cadets ever at West Point.