Where are they now? RCS Graduate Enters West Point

RCS graduate, Gillian Burch (Class of 2019), completed a culmination of training at the United States Military Academy known as BEAST week (Cadet Basic Training) in August 2019. The training is an introduction for incoming freshman as part of entering the United States Military Academy, also known as West Point. Ms. Burch and her colleagues have now moved on to the next transition to academic life on campus.

Gillian Burch at West Point
RCS alumni, Gillian Burch (Class of 2019), during her freshman year at the United States Military Academy.

Incoming Cadets will spend the early portion of their first year getting acclimated in their new surroundings with new roommates/teammates, receiving their computers and other school supplies, as well as their class schedules and additional activities. On August 17, 2019 Cadets participated in the Acceptance Day Parade where incoming Cadets are officially accepted into the Corp of Cadets and become active students in United States Military Academy. Ms. Burch entered into the Corps of Cadets, with the rest of the West Point Class of 2023, and is now a full time freshman, or “plebe,” at West Point.

RCS graduate Gillian Burch during United State Military Academy training (august 2019).
RCS graduate, Gillian Burch, during United States Military Academy training (August 2019).

This year, Gillian will be a member of the Corps Squad NCAA Division I swim team, continuing to represent her school as she did for RCS. Over the next four years, she will pursue her academic and military studies, with the ultimate goal of being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant (2Lt) in the United States Army. Ms. Burch will serve at least five years active duty in the United States Army following graduation.

Stay tuned, as we seek to have Ms. Burch participate in a future Q&A of the RCS Alumni Project.

A special thank you goes to Ms. Burch’s parents for sharing access to Gillian’s progress at the United States Military Academy.

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