The military system characterizes and distinguishes life at VMI. It fosters punctuality, order, discipline, courtesy, and respect for authority. By placing all cadets on a uniform plane, it enables them to advance through self-reliance, initiative, and strength of character.
The combination of military and academic training constitutes a strenuous program requiring diligent application and conscientious attention to both academic and military duties. For a cadet to derive the greatest benefit from what is admittedly a heavy program, absences from the post and from Lexington are limited.
The military system of administration of the cadet corps extends wide authority to individuals and holds all responsible for faithful exercise of assigned duties.
The characteristic dependability of the VMI graduate results from life within this framework of authority and responsibility.