Kirk is in his second year at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The second year is the Yearling Year there. The yearling performs all year as a team leader in charge of a plebe, one of the first year cadets.
Each cadet must join an athletic team. This semester Kirk is training with his company's Sandhurst team for the annual Sandhurst Competition at West Point on April 16. Every cadet learns languages and Kirk is taking French, common in African countries. As a part of French immersion, he will travel to Mali during Spring break for advanced individual academic development (AIAD). His first two years have been a rugged academic schedule in addition to other duties, including Physics, Calculus, and Chemistry, among others. Every cadet must learn the IOC (Indoor Obstacle Course) and take boxing. Many different national and world leaders visit the campus and give speeches, most recently just a few days ago, Kirk listened to a speech by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.
Much about West Point is unique, but the summer training is part of it. The summer before the plebe year, each cadet endures CDT (Cadet Basic Training), also called Beast. His second summer requires CFT (Cadet Field Training) at Camp Buckner. The third summer varies. Kirk will have at least two training sessions this year. In late May and then June he'll participate in CTLT (Cadet Troop Leader Training), which is leadership experience in active Army units. Then in June and July, Kirk will travel to Sandhurst, England for a month to train with the Royal Military Academy.