Then VMI is not far behind. It’s never far behind the latest educational fad.
From these articles, it looks like America’s military service academies are toast. It may take 30 years or more to flush the trash from the leadership pipeline. I now have very serious doubts about America’s ability to prosecute even minor military operations.
First, Ken Masugi, Ph.D., a former professor at the USAF Academy describes his experience in light of the “Red Cadet” scandal.
Countering both formal and informal pressure from society at large, the service academies take great pains to produce men (and now women) with the character required to be officers. These institutions are vocational schools (until recently, they were engineering schools), but the vocation they train students to fulfill is not one meant merely to fulfill those students in their personal calling, it is a vocation that demands service to the nation. That requires qualities ignored, defined differently, or even defined contrarily by civilian institutions.
I once caught a cadet in a flagrant plagiarism case, and it took some effort to see it to its successful end. What horrified me most about her attitude was her insistence she had confessed her plagiarism in a footnote and because if she were truthful in the commission of her crime she could not be charged with an honor code violation. (The footnote she claimed was in the paper did not exist, which compounds the violation of honor, but the idea that she thought it should exonerate her was astonishing to me.) Other professors had bad experiences with the same student, while others supported her. Once justice had been served, a preposterous cover story spread among the cadets, one repeated to me by a cadet who had not known I played a role in her dismissal.
Thus, due to privacy requirements, her misconduct could not be used as an example to instruct her former peers. Would it not be better for such a person to be offered a modest dis-honorarium to leave the academy, once she confessed her crime? Instead, it became easier for me and others just to give suspected plagiarizers poor grades and maybe send their non-commissioned supervisors a harsh note. In other words, the corruption of the honor code long predated the recent Red Cadet controversy.
This is followed by former West Point professor and retired LTC, Robert M. Heffington:
First and foremost, standards at West Point are nonexistent. They exist on paper, but nowhere else. The senior administration at West Point inexplicably refuses to enforce West Point’s publicly touted high standards on cadets, and, having picked up on this, cadets refuse to enforce standards on each other. The Superintendent refuses to enforce admissions standards or the cadet Honor Code, the Dean refuses to enforce academic standards, and the Commandant refuses to enforce standards of conduct and discipline. The end result is a sort of malaise that pervades the entire institution. Nothing matters anymore. Cadets know this, and it has given rise to a level of cadet arrogance and entitlement the likes of which West Point has never seen in its history.
I recommend reading both articles, and then contrast that with this gem about mathematics being too Caucasian. As the villain’s complaints make abundantly clear, claims of racism are just a shakedown for the Benjamins. But there is a ready constituency at VMI for this crap.
So, how is VMI’s health on the Honor Code? I recall an active duty instructor during my cadetship that complained about women at his academy being exempted from the Honor Code, as Heffington and Masugi also note by multiple uses of the pronoun “her.” As has been noted on the pages of OPFOR, VMI’s Honor Code has been alleged to be purchased. So what is it’s health?
And that of academics? And athletics? Well, maybe not athletics, I noticed we won’t be going to the Rose Bowl this season, or even the Toilet Bowl – it does have a threshold for consideration. And the Corps?
And the Corps?
[Updated to add one word, subtract one repeated quote, and multiply the readability through a division of boneheaded errors]