SFFA Sues West Point On Race-based Admissions Policies

News item hits the wires: The group behind the lawsuits that led the Supreme Court to gut affirmative action at higher education institutions sued the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday, seeking to end the school’s race-conscious admissions policies… The group asked a federal judge to prohibit West Point from considering or knowing … Read more

Return-on-Investment of Service Academies

The report “Return On Investment in Graduates of the DOD Service Academies: Assessment and Improvements ” [Link] published in July 2023 by the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is an excellent piece of research with very interesting information and insights on officer retention. We recommend reading it. Below we offer a brief summary and share … Read more

Students For Fair Admissions v … USMA, USNA, and USAFA?

It sounds like the military academies may get their chance to justify their race-based admissions practices. From Reuters: Aug 3 (Reuters) – The group that took its case against affirmative action in college admissions to the U.S. Supreme Court and won is seeking to end an exemption for military schools, the founder of Students for … Read more

Updates: Data Request, SFFA v Harvard, and the Academies

We’ve been quite busy and other things have taken priority on posting. However, there have been a few events worth noting: New Data Request We filed another FOIA request last year with the West Point office. It included requests for meaningful data for applicants and classes of 2020-2026, including, among some other helpful information, demographic, … Read more

USMA Admissions Site Needs An Update

This is a minor observation, but we’d like to help West Point keep its standards high. The admissions website is out of date. The “meet our cadets” section on the site (Link), as shown below, accessed recently, should be retitled “Meet our grads,” or be updated to show actual cadets and cadet video introductions. Ryan … Read more

Army Athletics Got A COVID Emergency Loan–Then Did Not Pay It Back

Back in January we wrote about the Army West Point Athletic Association’s (AWPAA) finances and business model. In this we noted that the AWPAA, while receiving massive government grants and other various subsidies and advantages of being at West Point, got a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan by July, 2020. The auditor reported that AWPAA … Read more

John T Reed Says Nice Things

We saw a while ago that John T Reed gave us a nice mention on his military articles blog. High Praise – Thanks John! I just learned of an important blog about my undergraduate alma mater West Point. It is called https://usmadata.com/..A more complete title might be.• The Unofficial Web Site of the United States Military … Read more

Branch Composition and Preferences

In our recent post “Call for Sunlight…”, we outlined which groups went into which Army branches to put context around USMA’s stated need for preferences in admissions. Finding that certain minority groups were less represented in non-combat arms than in combat arms, we also speculated that one driver of the low number of minorities in … Read more

Resource Update – Center for Military Readiness

A reader sent us links to a recent Center for Military Readiness article “Army Scraps Gender-Neutral Standards Pushed by Discredited Social Engineers.” While our subject matter does not usually include the universe of topics related to the Army as a whole, we appreciate CMR’s similar theme that the Army’s focus should be on building a … Read more

Call for Sunlight: USMA OIR withholds Graduation, Commissioning, and Retention Statistics and Conceals Evidence of their Existence. Why?

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” Brandeis, L. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously wrote in his 1913 article “What Publicity Can Do” that “Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants,” discussed here and often cited by proponents of transparency in government. He was referring, apparently, to “the wickedness of people shielding … Read more