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Virginia Military Institute, Lexington

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The Virginia Military Institute is a state-supported military college in Lexington, Virginia, the oldest such institution in the United States. Unlike any other senior military college in the United States, and in keeping with its founding principles, VMI enrolls cadets only and awards baccalaureate degrees exclusively. VMI offers cadets strict military discipline combined with a spartan, physically and academically demanding environment. The Institute grants degrees in 14 disciplines in engineering, the sciences, and the liberal arts.
While VMI has been called "The West Point of The South", it differs from the federal military service academies in several respects. For example, the living conditions at VMI are far more austere than at the U.S. service academies and VMI numbers only 1400 cadets. Also, while all cadets must participate in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps of the United States Armed Forces, they are afforded the flexibility of pursuing civilian endeavors or accepting a officer's commission in any of the active or reserve components of any of the U.S. military branches upon graduation.
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  • Not the easiest to find parking to walk around, but it is a beautiful drive to see these old historic buildings & homes. So much history & still very much in full operation. Make a stop just to drive....  more »
  • We loved being able to visit this campus; beautiful! It was quiet and peaceful. The students must have all been in class!  more »
  • Hello Friends, Bubba "Big BM" Mack reporting. I came to Lexington looking for the BM Institute (BMI) but my GPS kept bringing me here. I'm guessing that BMI moved without giving notice, or I typed in VMI, not BMI. I was hoping to pick up some of the newest BM literature to use in my frequent BM presentations around the country. Anyway, I had a chance to walk the grounds and I observed a crowd of honorable youths, all smiling, so I knew they were enjoying good BMs with every trip to the latrine (that's military for bathroom). I wanted to go into the mess hall (military for dining hall), but that is not open to the public. I'm pretty sure they have a wide variety of selections for the cadets (military for students), leading to good, healthy BMs. I was able to visit a spot in the barracks (military for dormitory) and enjoyed a nice submarine (military for a submersible vessel) sandwich. If you find yourself in Lexington make time for a stop at Natural Bridge and VMI - both are worth a visit from every tourist. This is Bubba "Big BM" Mack wishing you good travels and good BMs!!
  • Lot of history n it has nice campus

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