Published DateWEST POINT, N.Y. — Cadet Darien Vaughan, son of Bob and Mickey Vaughan of Madison, has completed Cadet Basic Training at the U.S. Military Academy.
Vaughan, who graduated from Kennett High as salutatorian of the Class of 2012 in June, entered West Point on July 2 and has successfully completed six weeks of Cadet Basic Training. Also referred to as "Beast Barracks," CBT is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of four years at the academy.
The initial military training program provides cadets with basic skills to instill discipline, pride, cohesion, confidence and a high sense of duty to prepare them for entry into the Corps of Cadets. Areas of summer instruction included first aid, mountaineering, hand grenades, rifle marksmanship and nuclear, biological and chemical training.
Vaughan began classes Aug. 20. The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a bachelor of science degree.
Vaughan plans to graduate from West Point in 2016 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.