WEST POINT, N.Y. – Cadet Cheyne Rocha, son of Larry and Candace Rocha of Rye, NH completed Cadet Basic Training (CBT) at the U.S. Military Academy and was accepted into the Corps of Cadets on August 15, 2009.

Cheyne entered West Point June 30 and has successfully completed seven weeks of CBT. Also referred to as “Beast Barracks,” CBT 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.

Cheyne began classes August 17 at America’s Best College (according to Forbes Magazine). The West Point curriculum offers 45 majors balancing physical sciences and engineering with humanities and social sciences leading to a Bachelor of Science degree.

Cheyne graduated from St. Paul’s School in 2008 then played a year of Junior hockey with the NH Jr. Monarch in the EJHL. He plans to graduate from West Point in 2013 and be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

The mission of the U.S. Military Academy is to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the United States Army.