So there’s a cheating scandal going on at West Point where a bunch of cadets who are too dumb for calculus got busted for violating the code of honor, whatever that is.
What’s confusing to me is, why have a code of honor at all? Isn’t the whole point of the military to enforce your nation’s will through the use of force and mass murder because you can’t get the other nation(s) to agree due to your culture’s lack of persuasive skills? Sounds insecure to me.
Related question: How do you prove that the code works?
Might also consider that most of what a cadet has is generally provided by the gov’t already. So personal items tend to be either small, prohibited, or of sentimental value.
Consider that the general consequence for violating the Code–especially by upper classmen–is expulsion.
And as DTNF pointed out, once you start your second year, you’ve incurred an 8-year obligation. If you get expelled, your service starts then as an enlisted soldier. Usually starting about 2 ranks lower than what your paygrade was as a cadet (if not lower).
Yeah I dunno man, I still find it weird. If you disagree with the code of honor, can you do a coup and change the rules? Because the military bombs the shit out of countries and then changes their rules. Just emulating the leaders imo.
In the academies, the chat would have to be with either the upper classmen (who are effectively your first and second line leaders during initial training) or the tactical officer who oversees the upper classmen.
I assume that the code of honor and the entire mess of traditions and conventions on behavior are all part of training the military to be civilized without much conscious effort in the face of potentially being asked to do horrible things or serve under miserable conditions.
I do not think I could be in the military. I do not subscribe to the majority of the beliefs necessary to be willing to die for my country. I’m not willing to die for much of anything. Fortunately, I’m also not in a position where the military is one of very few options available to me.
As for military academies, I knew several young men in high school who believed aspiration to West Point or the naval academy or the air force academy was noble, and strove for it. They were also the type who thought being an eagle scout was meaningful, or that chivalry was inherently good. To each their own.