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The nation's first state-supported military college, founded on November 11, 1839. It is located in the small town of Lexington, Virginia, and has been turning out leaders for every walk of life since its inception -- unlike certain other colleges located in Charleston, South Carolina. The Ratline, the initial period of cadetship for all new cadets(Rats), is generally viewed as the toughest initiation of any military college in the country. It also has the distinction of being one of only three schools in the world to have fought as a single military unit in pitched battle at the Battle of New Market on May 15, 1864.
The Virginia Military Institute is the best military school in the United States of America.
by AwesomeDude46 August 19, 2007
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The epitome of a senior military college. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lexington, Virginia, the Virginia Military Institute was once home to the finest military leaders serving our country since the Civil War.

The school was founded based on the principles of Cincinatus and the "Citizen Soldier" concept of societal members. Leaders in industry during peace, and leaders in combat during war. The cadets of the Virginia Military Institute were mobilized during the Civil War and marched over 80 miles from Lexington to New Market to join the ranks during the Confederate victory at that battleground.

The entire atmosphere of the school is of a spartan feel, with very little comforts in the barracks rooms, cold conrete courtyards, and stone constructed civil war era buildings. The corps of cadets forms up on the "bricks" in front of barracks for accountability formations before every meal, and typically performs two to three formal military parades per week on the post drill field.
Virginia Military Institute, the nations first state military college.
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