Sports are an important facet at all military academies with the emphasis on both individual preparation and teamwork. Participation on some level - intramural or intercollegiate - is mandatory. Football is the ‘king’ of the intercollegiate sports and the stadium is found on the east side of the campus. VMI and its major rival - The Citadel (South Carolina) - both are NCAA Division II schools. Both are small schools offering fine - though unique - educations. It is the ‘unique’ part that makes recruiting more difficult.
While VMI’s most famous instructor was Stonewall Jackson, it is obvious to me, as a result of my visit to VMI, that their long history of brilliant and motivated faculty goes on. “Evidence?” you ask. This car parked in the instructor area marked to allegiances to both VMI and the Harvard of the West, Oregon State University, should be evidence enough. As the license plate infers, “GO BEAVS”
Military institutes thrive on traditions and customs. One of the many here at VMI is that you, as a cadet, when you emerge from the front of the Barracks, you salute the statue of General Jackson. Above the archway, inscribed above you are Jackson’s words, “You may be whatever you resolve to be.”
'HAVING BEEN A TEXIAN REVOLUTIONIST 1836. A MIER PRISONER 1842. AND A U.S. AND C.S.A. OFFICER. MILITARY AND CIVIL.'
That's the Confederate States of America