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Cadets Were Just Playing 'the Circle Game,' Service Academies Find

Investigation clears Army-Navy spectators of making white power gestures

(Newser) - West Point has decided that cadets attending the Army-Navy football game last weekend did not intend to flash white power hand gestures. But the Military Academy is still not thrilled. An investigation found that the cadets were playing "the circle game," usually played by children and teenagers. In... More »

Missing West Point Cadet Found Dead

Kade Kurita, 20, hadn't been seen since Friday

(Newser) - West Point cadet Kade Kurita didn't show up to a military skills competition Friday night, and he'd been missing ever since. On Tuesday night, the 20-year-old's body was found on the grounds of the New York military academy, CBS News reports. The Gardena, Calif., native's cause... More »

At Popular Diving Spot, Tragedy When Rock Ledge Collapses

West Point cadet Benjamin Bochtler dies in the Catskills

(Newser) - A West Point cadet candidate has died after falling from a rock ledge at a popular spot among cliff-divers in upstate New York. Benjamin Bochtler, 20, was hanging from the ledge at the site known as Fawn's Leap on Kaaterskill Creek in the Catskill Mountains when a section of... More »

Judges on Reversing Cadet's Rape Conviction: Victim Was Too Quiet

Chief of advocacy group for sexual assault victims calls it 'offensively bad decision' in West Point case

(Newser) - A military appeals court's reversal of a West Point cadet's rape conviction and 21-year prison sentence has outraged sexual assault victim advocates who say the decision is filled with victim-blaming and antiquated notions about rape. But the cadet's attorney says the decision demonstrates the need for checks... More »

One Dead, 22 Injured in West Point Mishap

Armored vehicle rolled Thursday, killing cadet

(Newser) - A West Point cadet is dead after a tactical vehicle overturned during a training exercise early Thursday. The incident involving a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle, in which another 20 cadets and two soldiers were injured, occurred around 6:45am on a dirt road at the Camp Natural Bridge training site,... More »

Judge: Parents May Use Sperm of Late Son to Produce Children

West Point cadet had dreamed of having a family

(Newser) - The parents of a 21-year-old West Point cadet fatally injured in a skiing accident can use his frozen sperm to produce a child, a judge has ruled. New York Supreme Court Justice John Colangelo's ruling gives Peter Zhu's parents the ability to attempt conception with a surrogate mother,... More »

A Young Cadet Died Skiing. Now, a 'Bittersweet Result'

Parents get court's OK to retrieve Peter Zhu's sperm

(Newser) - The parents of a 21-year-old West Point cadet fatally injured in a skiing accident raced the clock to get a judge's permission to retrieve his sperm for "the possibility of preserving some piece of our child that might live on." US Military Academy Cadet Peter Zhu was... More »

West Point Prank Injures Air Force Mascot

Gyrfalcon was returned with bloodied wings

(Newser) - The United States Military Academy at West Point has apologized for a "prank" that injured the Air Force Academy's official mascot. Aurora, a 22-year-old white gyrfalcon, suffered injuries initially thought to be life-threatening after she was abducted along with another bird ahead of Saturday's annual Army-Air Force... More »

'Commie Cadet' Booted From US Army

Spenser Rapone gets other-than-honorable discharge after West Point photos

(Newser) - The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking: In one, the cadet opens his dress uniform to expose a T-shirt with a blood-red image of socialist icon Che Guevara. In another, he raises his fist and flips his cap to reveal the message:... More »

West Point Honors Dream of Teen Killed in Shooting

Peter Wang has been admitted to Class of 2025

(Newser) - West Point Academy has decided to honor the dream that died along with 15-year-old Peter Wang in the Parkland mass shooting. The JROTC member, who was shot dead in uniform while holding a door open for students and staff members fleeing the gunman, had hoped to go to the military... More »

First Black Woman to Lead West Point Cadets: 'Humbling'

Simone Askew has assumed duties as first captain of the Long Gray Line

(Newser) - Simone Askew marched into history Monday as the first black woman to lead the Long Gray Line at the US Military Academy. After an early-morning 12-mile march back to the gray stone academic complex at West Point with 1,200 new cadets she led through the rigors of basic training... More »

Colonel Accused of Rape Wins $8.4M Lawsuit Against Accuser

Jury sides with man who lost out on promotion, orders woman to pay

(Newser) - A woman who accused a former Army colonel of raping her when they were both cadets at West Point in 1986 has been ordered to pay him $8.4 million. A jury in Virginia sided with Col. David "Wil" Riggins against blogger Susan Shannon in Riggins' defamation lawsuit, the... More »

Cadets' Raised-Fist Photo Sparks Anger, Debate

Some say West Point seniors made political statement

(Newser) - Were cadets raising their fists to sisterhood, Beyonce, Black Lives Matter—or just taking pride in their pending graduation? A photo of 16 black female cadets raising their fists in traditional military dress at West Point was posted online in April, sparking debate and spurring the military academy to investigate,... More »

West Point Bans Pillow Fights After Bloody Brawl

30 people were injured in unsanctioned event

(Newser) - West Point's annual pillow fights—during which hundreds of first-year cadets or "plebes" bludgeon each other—will be no more. The academy's superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., has banned the unsanctioned events after 30 people were injured in this year's pillow fight on Aug.... More »

Ben Carson Admits His West Point Story Is Untrue

School says he never even applied

(Newser) - Ben Carson claimed in his 1990 memoir Gifted Hands that he met Gen. William Westmoreland in 1969, when Carson was 17 and Westmoreland had just finished leading the US forces in Vietnam, and that soon after Carson was offered a full scholarship to West Point. Well, it turns out the... More »

West Point's Annual Pillow Fight Turns Brutal, Bloody

24 cadets ended up with concussions

(Newser) - Since at least 1897, the US Military Academy's freshmen cadets have held a massive pillow fight each year. This year, it got ugly. The New York Times reports some West Point cadets are thought to have put their helmets inside their pillows during the Aug. 20 fight, with nasty... More »

Sergeant Accused of Filming Female Cadets in Shower

West Point staffer is being investigated

(Newser) - Add yet another case to the military's sexual-harassment file : This time, a sergeant on staff at West Point has been accused of filming female cadets in the shower, reports the New York Times . So far, the Army has warned about a dozen cadets they may have been spied upon,... More »

Paula Broadwell Is the Classic Over-Achiever

Petraeus' lover even beat Jon Stewart in a pricey push-up contest

(Newser) - David Petraeus may have a thing for over-achievers who think highly of him. That description sure fits Paula Broadwell, whose alleged affair with the CIA director led to his resignation yesterday. Details on Broadwell are rolling in:
  • She earned a degree in political geography and systems engineering at West Point,
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Military Schools See 1st Openly Gay Graduates

Students bring same-sex partners to major events

(Newser) - It's graduation time at America's military academies, and for the first time, gay students are celebrating without having to keep their sexual orientations a secret. For many, that means bringing same-sex dates to end-of-year events. In the past, notes a West Point cadet, "I had to do... More »

West Point Rejects Lesbian Cadet's Readmission

Don't Ask, Don't Tell is still law of the land

(Newser) - Don't Ask, Don't Tell may be on its way out, but it's not gone yet: West Point won't let a lesbian former cadet get back in because the law remains in place, reports the AP . Katherine Miller left the military academy after her sophomore year last... More »

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