West Point Makes a Comeback

But critics wonder if it is training the right type of leader

The new cadet stands in full battle dress, his face smeared with black-green camouflage grease, sweltering in the August sun. Just two months earlier, David Craft, 19, of Rockford, Ohio, was a high school stud. Now, in cadet slang, he is a beanhead. "It's kind of degrading," he allows. "We were the top of our class. Now we're dirt, scum. They're always on you. Whatever you do is wrong." Craft's best friend from high school, who accompanied him to West Point, has already dropped out. "He couldn't take the loss of freedom," explains Craft. "No McDonald's." Does Craft wish he were...

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