Local woman completes basic training at West Point

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Cadet Amanda Christine Southard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bret Southard, of Williamsport, completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy.

PHOTO PROVIDED Cadet Amanda Christine Southard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bret Southard, of Williamsport, completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy.

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Amanda Christine Southard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bret Southard, of Williamsport, completed cadet basic training at the U.S. Military Academy.

Southard entered West Point on July 3 and successfully completed six weeks of the training, which is one of the most challenging events a cadet will encounter over the course of their 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.

Southard began classes Aug. 21. The West Point curriculum offers 37 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a bachelor of science degree.

Southard graduated from Williamsport Area High School. She plans to graduate from West Point in 2021 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army.

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