Superintendent's Newsletter - page 19

T
he
Institute’s commitment to national service
is demonstrated by the exceptional military
performance of VMI cadets and graduates.
The VMI heritage and the training cadets receive
encourage them to serve for a short period in our nation’s
armed forces before moving on to their chosen path.
ARMY ROTC
Last year VMI’s Army ROTC unit trained and
commissioned more new Army officers than any other Army
ROTC in the nation. Of the 111 commissioned, 24 were
declared Distinguished Military Graduates, including Cadet
Sungkuyn Chang, the top cadet among those from senior
military colleges and No. 3 overall in the nation. More
than 86 percent of Army commissioning cadets received
their first, second, or third choice of branch. At the Leader
Development and Assessment Course, VMI Army cadets
met or exceeded nearly all the performance categories in the
Military College Brigade.
NAVAL ROTC
This year’s commissioning class is expected to be the largest
ever for VMI’s Naval ROTC. The Marine-option cadets
enjoyed a 97 percent pass rate at Officer Candidates School,
compared to a national average of 75 percent. Over half of
the class received their first choice for military occupational
specialty training. With one exception, all cadets desiring
aviation contracts were awarded one. Three Navy-option
cadets were competitively selected to attend summer training
at mini-BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition / SEAL
training), and 93 percent of Navy cadets received their first
choice for service assignment.
AIR FORCE ROTC
The Air Force commissioned 12 new lieutenants in 2013,
naming two Distinguished Graduates. One of these, Dante
Morales, was also named national Air Force ROTC Cadet of
the Year. Twenty-two 3rd Class cadets received invitations to
commission in 2014, and the detachment had a 100-percent
selection rate for the pilot, remotely piloted aircraft pilot,
combat systems officer, and air battle manager career fields.
VMI ROTC
ARMY - MARINE CORPS - NAVY - AIR FORCE
H
onor
is taken seriously at VMI. A cadet’s word
is his or her bond. Conviction of an honor
violation results in only one possible outcome:
dismissal. There is no second chance.
Please stress with your cadet the need for absolute
adherence to the honor code. The code itself is simple:
“A cadet will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who
do.” There is no gray when it comes to compromising one’s
honor. Throughout the year, members of the Honor Court
educate cadets on honor, the Honor Code, and VMI’s
honor system. This education effort is comprehensive and
continuous. There is no shortage of information available
to cadets.
Throughout life, we are faced with situations that test our
honor. What your cadet learns about honor at VMI will
help him or her navigate the challenges of life with integrity.
At VMI cadets learn that their honor is precious.
the Subject of Honor
NOT YOUR ORDINARY HONOR CODE
“I wish you the decency and the nobility
of which your are capable.”
Jonathan Daniels ‘61
Valedictory Address
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