Service Academies: Hilton on the Hudson

Under those grim stone turrets at West Point, buttoned-up, close-cropped cadets still "hup, two, three, four" in precision parades. Unchanged in 30 years are the slate-grey cadet uniforms, and it is still forbidden for a cadet to hold a girl's hand when he walks her on campus. But beneath the surface sameness, the Point within the past five years has undergone a drastic, evolutionary change to match the new ways of what its teachers like to call "the profession of arms." Harsh hazing and pointless indignities have given way to a more mature approach to discipline based on respect for...

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