Recognize (verb): When a Plebe attains status as an Upper-Class Cadet and receives new privileges. Recognition is a time-honored tradition at West Point and is a truly important event for the Plebe class. The recognition ceremony is a much-anticipated rite of passage. Once complete, the Plebes are “recognized” by their superiors (Upper Class cadets) and their privileges are changed to reflect their newly attained status. The Plebe year is the first step in the four-year leader development experience at the United States Military Academy. It is stressful and challenging, but it prepares the Plebes for the next three, and for their future assignments as Army Officers.