West Point Cadet Texts on Phone While Marching in Formation

By Faye Higbee

West Point Cadet Texts on Phone While Marching in Formation

Was it disrespectful? Or just plain stupid? Actually, it was both. A West Point Cadet was seen in a video , marching along with her head down and texting on her cell phone as the rest of the class was marching in formation at their graduation.  Backlash was instant after the posting of the video.

Discipline is essential

The fact is, in most Army commands, if you do anything with a cell phone that is not on your own time, your phone will be confiscated, and you won’t get it back. (Happened to our son. He was thoroughly yelled at and they confiscated his phone. He never did it again, and he never got it back.)

It’s sad that a school that supposedly prepares young people to lead our military hasn’t had the cojones to stand firm on discipline. Though this graduation was their final time at the USMA, the lack of respect is depressing coming from our nation’s new crop of military leaders.


The following are some of the comments from the video posting on the West Point Facebook page:

Shirley: As a veteran, I want to know why are the cadets allowed to use cell phones while in formation? I am embarrassed for them and the new military standards.obviously the uniform does not mean much to them.

Sean: What’s with a couple of the female cadets using their cell phones while in a marching formation is this what out future officers are being aloud to do if so what the hell as a veteran I’m embarrassed to see the new military standards wtf

Mark: Cadets on phones while marching, some cadets marching in platform heels, others sneakers, some with socks, others not. Great discipline. Is this the best and brightest future leadership of our military?

Cathy: I like how so many people here condone the undisciplined act of texting here by saying “give them a break”. This is a military academy, not some average university. Unfortunately a few bad apples spoiled the batch with this video.

Mary: Congrats but obviously a few of the graduating cadets need to realize the gratitude and reverence of the uniform and that you serve a greater cause!! Texting on a cell phone?? Unless that was about a credible threat to the U S security PUT IT DOWN!

And THAT is the issue: the uniform means nothing to them, and the school has enabled it.