I noticed plenty of people on their phones at my college graduation, though to their credit, the ceremony did go on for three hours. Luckily for them, none of them sparked national outrage.
The same can’t be said of a certain West Point Cadet who’s attracted the Internet’s attention. As Newsmax reports: A viral video of a West Point cadet apparently texting on her cellphone while marching in formation at graduation on Saturday has sparked outrage. The video, posted on West Point’s Facebook page, had been viewed more than 655,000 times by Tuesday afternoon.
It received nearly 1,000 comments and more than 14,000 reactions and was shared nearly 6,000 times. Many reactions were critical of the cadets.
“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?” one Facebook user wrote.
“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!” another Facebook user wrote.
Cadets are allowed to carry phones, but are restricted from using them while in formation, the New York Daily News reported.
“Cadets have an individual responsibility for ensuring their appearance and actions reflect the highest level of military professionalism,” West Point spokesman Christopher Kasker told the Daily News.
“The graduation ceremony had more than 950 cadets, including the first seven women to be brought into combat divisions since restrictions were lifted,” the newspaper noted.
I can only wonder how they’ll perform in the battlefield.
“Sergeant! We’re being attacked from enemy reinforcement in the east!”
“One second, I’m posting on Instagram.”
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]