For the first time in the past 44-year history of the US Military Academy at West Point, 100 km from New York, a case of mass cheating has come to light. Over 70 cadets copied the math calculus exam. The online test was conducted in May due to Covid-19. After selection, the imitation was revealed when these cadets encountered the examiners at the academy. 59 cadets have confessed to imitation.
‘Honor cad’ hearing will be held against 8 of these cadets. In this, they can also be removed on the basis of evidence. 55 cadets have been sent to the Rehabilitation Program Center to teach lessons of professional ethics. Now the Academy’s Superintendent Lieutenant General Daryl A. Williams will decide his sentence.
Cadets sent to Rehabilitation Program Center
US Army Public Affairs Director Le. Colonel Christafer Ophat said that there was a glitch in submitting the paper online after the examination in May. In June, selected cadets were called to the academy and interrogated by sitting in front of examiners. It was then revealed that more than 70 cadets had copied.
Cadets who confess to cheating have been sent to the Rehabilitation Program Center in the academy. Here those cadets are sent, they try the rules and regulations of the West Point Academy. Here they are given a second macaque to rectify their mistake. It is named ‘Will Full Admission Program’. In this, cadets are taught professional ethics and military professionals under Honor Cad. ‘Honor cad’ means – Do not lie, do not copy and chew. Above all – don’t even tolerate those doing this. ‘
Here, Jackie Spear, the head of the Armed Forces Staff Committee, has sought information, expressing an apathy on the incident. She says that military officers are respected and respected because they show their ability and loyalty. In such a situation, cadets are expected to do the same.
In 1976 150 cadets were fired on charges of cheating.
This is not the first case of copying in US Army recruitment exams. Earlier in 1976, a case of copying came to light. Then 150 cadets were dismissed on the charge of cheating during the final examination of Electrical Engineering. Since then, new rules were made to do the recruitment exam better. The then Lieutenant General Andrew Goodpasture made several changes to the West Point’s Academic Program, Military Training Program, and Cadet Honor Cad.