West Point: Diluting the Honor Code

Diluting the Honor Code

If Washington politicians strictly followed the U.S. Military Academy's hallowed honor code, the great ethics war in the nation's capital would be over, and all the scoundrels would be gone. "A cadet will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do," the West Point creed commands. But while Congress and the Administration struggle to clean up their act, the fortress on the Hudson seems set to lower its ethical guns ever so slightly.

After an eight-month study, an Army commission has proposed that the wording of the code be changed to "nor tolerate such acts by other cadets." The...

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