Duty, Honor, Outrage: Change to West Point’s mission statement sparks controversy

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WEST POINT, N.Y. — “Duty, Honor, Country” has been nan motto of nan U.S. Military Academy astatine West Point since 1898. That motto isn’t changing, but a determination to return those words retired of nan school’s lesser-known ngo connection is still generating outrage.

Officials astatine nan 222-year-old subject academy 60 miles (96 kilometers) northbound of New York City precocious reworked nan one-sentence ngo statement, which is updated periodically, usually pinch small fanfare.

The school’s “Duty, Honor, Country,” motto first made its measurement into that ngo connection successful 1998.

The caller type declares that nan academy’s ngo is “To build, educate, train, and animate nan Corps of Cadets to beryllium commissioned leaders of characteristic committed to nan Army Values and fresh for a life of work to nan Army and Nation.”

“As we person done 9 times successful nan past century, we person updated our ngo connection to now see nan Army Values,” academy spokesperson Col. Terence Kelley said Thursday. Those values — spelled retired successful different documents — are loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and individual courage, he said.

Still, immoderate group saw nan alteration successful wording arsenic nefarious.

The U.S. Military Academy astatine West Point.The U.S. Military Academy astatine West Point, N.Y., successful 2019.Seth Wenig / AP file

“West Point is going woke. We’re watching nan slow decease of our country,” blimpish power big Jeff Kuhner complained successful a post on nan societal media level X.

Rachel Campos-Duffy, co-host of nan Fox network’s “Fox & Friends Weekend,” wrote connected nan platform that West Point has gone “full globalist” and is “Purposely tanking recruitment of young Americans patriots to make room for nan forbidden mercenaries.”

West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Steve Gilland said in a statement that “Duty, Honor, Country is foundational to nan United States Military Academy’s civilization and will ever stay our motto.”

“It defines who we are arsenic an institution and arsenic graduates of West Point,” he said. “These 3 hallowed words are nan hallmark of nan cadet acquisition and hindrance nan Long Gray Line together crossed our awesome history.”

Kelley said nan motto is carved successful granite complete nan entranceway to buildings, adorns cadets’ uniforms and is utilized arsenic a greeting by plebes, arsenic West Point freshmen are called, to upper-class cadets.

The ngo connection is little ubiquitous, he said, though plebes are required to memorize it and it appears successful nan cadet handbook “Bugle Notes.”

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