The Plain is the parade field at West Point, and when we were there a week and a half ago we saw these cadets parachuting onto the Plain. The helicopter would pick them up, and back up they'd go!
The cadet we're with is a former student of mine who is going to major in poetry. He says he's going to major in philosophy, but to me that's just po-tay-to/po-tah-to.
He hopes to branch Infantry, and I dare say the branch couldn't do much better than getting him. He's a huge man, very impressive, very much a leader. He's also a 2012 National Collegiate Judo Champion, a fact he didn't tell me but that his parents did (details at http://www.usma.edu/uscc/dca/clubs/judo/default.htm). He *did* tell me that he Beat Navy, though, and that's at least as important!