Virginia Military Institute

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The Virginia Military Institute (VMI ) in Lexington in the U.S. state of Virginia was founded on November 11, 1839 and is considered the first military college in the U.S. with a four -year course.


One of the most famous teacher was Thomas J. Jackson ( "Stonewall Jackson "). The most famous cadets were, among others, George C. Marshall, George S. Patton, Simon B. Buckner Jr. and Lemuel Shepherd. By 1996, the Virginia Military Institute took on male cadets. Just this year the admission of female cadets by a judgment of the Supreme Court of the United States was forced. The Virginia Military Institute was incorporated as a National Historic Landmark on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of 119 historic sites in Virginia.


The male and female cadets can acquire the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. Currently there are 1,300 cadets at the Institute, 5 % of whom are female. For training are 145 teachers.

The VMI is very traditional, and so there are numerous decades-old rites, such as the Ratline, the Oath Ceremony at the New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, the breakout or the weekly Friday parade. All of these traditions, the code of honor and the strict hierarchy are still deeply rooted in the self-understanding of the Institute and its members.

The conclusion at VMI does not necessarily lead to a military career. The academic training and life at VMI are indeed built up military, the actual current military training takes place but only in participation in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program ( ROTC ) of the four branches of the armed forces of the United States of America. Many cadets participate for financial reasons ROTC in order to finance the tuition fees can. Approximately 50% of cadets put her career continued in the so-called military -A career.

The VMI has various exchange programs with foreign universities, including the two Bundeswehr universities in Hamburg and Munich.

Famous people


  • John Mercer Brooke, Instructor of the American Navy and inventor of projectiles.
  • Thomas J. Jackson, general in the army of the Confederate States
  • Matthew Fontaine Maury, a naval officer and hydro Count


  • Thomas T. Handy, former Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army
  • John P. Jumper, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force ( USAF)
  • William Mahone, Major General of the Army of the Confederate States of America
  • George C. Marshall, General of the Army and Nobel Peace Prize 1953
  • Randolph M. Pate, 21, Chief of Staff of the U.S. Marine Corps
  • George S. Patton, four- star general
  • JH Binford Peay III. , Superintenden the VMI
  • Lemuel C. Shepherd Jr., 20th Commandant of the Marine Corps