VMI's mission is to produce "citizen-soldiers," men and women educated for civilian life and also prepared to serve their country in the Armed Forces.
Historically about 20 percent of VMI graduates have made the military a career. However, approximately 50 percent are commissioned each year upon graduation. Cadets must take four years of ROTC instruction and are encouraged to take a commission in the service of their choice, but commissioning is not mandatory.
All cadets participate in service opportunities at some point during their cadetship.
Classroom experiences and hands-on participation in community projects give cadets and awareness of the importance of service in the lives of citizen soldiers.
Although commissioning into the armed forces is not required at VMI, approximately 50 percent of VMI graduates choose to begin their careers with service in the armed forces. Many others serve their country and communities in the civilian sector, including service with the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and Teach for America.
Center for Leadership and Ethics
The Center for Leadership and Ethics enhances VMI’s system of leadership training by offering cadet programming focused on leadership, ethics, and character development, and a robust schedule of conferences on topics of national and international interest.
Employers recognize and appreciate the unique qualities of VMI graduates and seek them out before and upon graduation. Approximately 50 percent of graduates choose to begin their careers with service in the armed forces. Many others serve their country and communities in the civilian sector, including service with the the CIA, FBI, Peace Corps, Americorps, and Teach for America.