Virginia Military Institute, Lexington

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Virginia Military Institute (VMI) is a public military college in Lexington, Virginia. It was founded in 1839 and is the first public Senior Military College in the United States. In keeping with its founding principles and unlike any other Senior Military College in the United States, VMI enrolls cadets (uniformed members of the Corps of Cadets) only and awards baccalaureate degrees exclusively. VMI offers its students, all of whom are cadets, strict military discipline combined with a physically and academically demanding environment. The Institute grants degrees in 14 disciplines in engineering, science, and the liberal arts, and all VMI students are required to participate in ROTC.
While VMI has been called "The West Point of the South", it differs from the federal military service academies. As of 2019, VMI had a total enrollment of 1,722 cadets. All cadets must participate in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) of the United States Armed Forces programs, but are afforded the flexibility of pursuing civilian endeavors or accepting an officer's commission in any of the active or reserve components of any of the U.S. military branches upon graduation.
VMI's alumni include a Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, the current Secretary of the Army, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, 7 Medal of Honor recipients, 13 Rhodes Scholars, Pulitzer Prize winners, an Academy Award winner, an Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner, a martyr recognized by the Episcopal Church, Senators and Representatives, Governors, including the current Governor of Virginia, Lieutenant Governors, a Supreme Court Justice, numerous college and university presidents, many business leaders (presidents and CEOs) and over 290 general and flag officers across all US service branches and several other countries.
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  • Nice to drive through the campus and if it is a nice day, take a seat on the benches and watch the cadets.  more »
  • Wow the indoor track at VMI is incredible. Very nice inside and out. Hydraulic banked turns and good seating for spectators makes this a great venue. Didn’t get much of an opportunity to tour the...  more »
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  • Hello Friends, Bubba "Big BM" Mack reporting. I came to Lexington looking for the BM Institute (BMI) but my GPS kept bringing me here. I'm guessing that BMI moved without giving notice, or I typed in VMI, not BMI. I was hoping to pick up some of the newest BM literature to use in my frequent BM presentations around the country. Anyway, I had a chance to walk the grounds and I observed a crowd of honorable youths, all smiling, so I knew they were enjoying good BMs with every trip to the latrine (that's military for bathroom). I wanted to go into the mess hall (military for dining hall), but that is not open to the public. I'm pretty sure they have a wide variety of selections for the cadets (military for students), leading to good, healthy BMs. I was able to visit a spot in the barracks (military for dormitory) and enjoyed a nice submarine (military for a submersible vessel) sandwich. If you find yourself in Lexington make time for a stop at Natural Bridge and VMI - both are worth a visit from every tourist. This is Bubba "Big BM" Mack wishing you good travels and good BMs!!
  • Lot of history n it has nice campus

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