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West Point Military Academy Revises Mission Statement: Exploring New Ideals

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The motto “Duty, Honor, Country” is no longer part of the mission statement of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Superintendent Lt. Gen. Steve Gilland said in a letter to supporters and students that the term “Army Values” would take its place. The phrase was first incorporated to the mission statement in 1998.

Gilland stated in a message to cadets and supporters on Monday that it is “our responsibility to produce leaders to fight and win our nation’s wars.” “Thus, over the past year and a half, working with leaders from across West Point and external stakeholders, we reviewed our vision, mission, and strategy to serve this purpose.”

He went on to say: “As a result of this assessment, we recommended the following mission statement to our senior Army leadership: ‘To build, educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets to be commissioned leaders of character committed to the Army Values and ready for a lifetime of service to the Army and Nation.’”

The new mission statement, according to the lieutenant general, “binds the Academy to the Army.” He made it clear that the school’s slogan would “always” be the patriotic statement.

“Duty, Honor, Country is foundational to the United States Military Academy’s culture and will always remain our motto,” Gilland wrote in a letter. “It establishes our identity as a school and as West Point alums. These three sacred words, which have united the Long Gray Line throughout our remarkable history, are emblematic of the cadet experience.”

Gilland said that the move was approved by both Army Chief of Staff Randy George and Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth.

Opponents claim that this is just another example of West Point and the US military implementing “woke” practices.

“Our updated mission statement focuses on the mission essential tasks of Build, Educate, Train, and Inspire the Corps of Cadets to be commissioned leaders of character, with the explicit purpose of being committed to the Army Values and Ready for a lifetime of service,” Gilland said.

Gilland stated that even though the word was removed from the mission statement, the Army’s cadets and soldiers still uphold duty, honor, and nation via their varied activities, such as “Loyalty, bearing true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit, and other Soldiers.”

Gilland ended the letter with, “Our unwavering focus on developing leaders of character ready to lead our Army’s Soldiers on increasingly lethal battlefields remains intact,” signing it with, “Go Army! Duty, Honor, and Nation!”

According to Gilland, in the past 100 years, West Point has altered its mission statement nine times.

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