West Point Removes “Duty, Honor, Country” from its Mission Statement

2024-03-14 08:00:42

In what will come as a surprise to almost nobody, the United States Military Academy has deleted the time-honored phrase “Duty, Honor, Country” from its official Mission Statement.

From Fox News: West Point military academy drops ‘Duty, Honor, Country’ from mission statement:

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point has made the decision to remove the “Duty, Honor, Country” motto from its mission statement.

In a letter sent to students and supporters, Superintendent Lt. Gen. Steve Gilland said the phrase, which was first added to the mission statement in 1998, would be replaced with the words, “Army Values.”

“Our responsibility to produce leaders to fight and win our nation’s wars requires us to assess ourselves regularly,” Gilland wrote in a letter to cadets and supporters on Monday. “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 continued: “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 official West Point Press Release is here: West Point Mission Statement Update.

Personally, this wouldn’t bother me a whole lot if it wasn’t another in a continuing series of body blows to our nation’s military and the service academies in particular. I’ve always thought “mission statements” were a weak excuse to shore up mediocre leadership, so I don’t really pay attention to them a whole lot, but look at what else is going on:

I could go on and on and on, but you get the idea. This is the latest retreat from a military totally focused on locating, targeting, and destroying the enemy in defense of this great country, to a military now focused on the latest LGBTQI+ nonsense, DEI/CRT madness, or anything except military readiness.

Don’t forget that the last universities expressly using race in admissions, and fighting like hell to keep it that way, are the service academies.

You ought to do your self a favor, if you never have, and listen to General Douglas MacArthur’s 1962 speech to the cadets at West Point shortly before his death explaining the meaning of Duty, Honor, Country:

In any case, we are not the only ones disturbed by West Point’s latest. Users on X were not impressed, either:

There are hundreds more just like this on X. None in support that I could find.


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