Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 22, 2024

Legal Battle Over West Point's Mission Change Intensifies

Washington-based Judicial Watch has filed a lawsuit against the Pentagon over the removal of "Duty, Honor, Country" from West Point's mission statement.

This action has ignited a fierce debate, particularly among conservatives, over the military's direction under perceived "woke" policies promulgated by the Pentagon, as the Washington Examiner reports.

Judicial Watch, a respected legal watchdog, took legal action after West Point's refusal to disclose information regarding the controversial decision. The group seeks to uncover the reasoning behind omitting the cherished words from the United States Military Academy’s mission statement.

Details of the Recent Change Emerge

The original mission statement read: "To educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.” The update, however, replaced it with a version emphasizing the broader "Army Values."

The new mission statement, introduced by Superintendent Lt. Gen. Steven Gilland, outlines West Point's goal: "To build, educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets to be commissioned leaders of character committed to the Army Values and ready for a lifetime of service to the Army and Nation."

Lt. Gen. Gilland assured that the institution remains devoted to "Duty, Honor, Country," even though these words no longer appear in the document. He highlighted that the revision was the result of an eighteen-month development process aimed at better illustrating West Point's role.

Concerns Raised by Judicial Watch

Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch, voiced significant concerns over what he termed the "woke virus" affecting West Point. He stressed that the removal has raised justified alarm about the principles instilled in future Army leaders.

Additionally, Fitton criticized the academy's lack of transparency in handling the matter, claiming it further fuels speculation and distrust. "The unlawful stonewalling of the release of documents about the issue makes matters worse," emphasized Fitton.

This sentiment echoes widely among conservatives, who argue the alteration aligns with a broader trend of political correctness within the military. Prominent voices have joined the conversation, including Fox host and military veteran Pete Hegseth, author of the best-selling book, The War on Warriors: Behind the Betrayal of the Men Who Keep Us Free.

Judicial Watch's Ongoing Investigations

Judicial Watch is no stranger to initiating probes of military practices. The organization has a history of scrutinizing and unveiling "woke" policies across various military institutions. The lawsuit against the Pentagon is seen as another step in their mission to ensure transparency and accountability. West Point's decision not to disclose pertinent records has only intensified Judicial Watch's resolve.

The broader question remains: how will the military reconcile traditional values with contemporary societal expectations? As Judicial Watch seeks answers through its legal channels, the debate over military ethos continues to unfold on the national stage.

The Pentagon has yet to respond publicly to the lawsuit, and the timeline for potential disclosure of the requested documents remains uncertain. Meanwhile, West Point maintains that the core values of "Duty, Honor, Country" still underpin its teachings and mission.

In summary, Judicial Watch's lawsuit underscores the clash between long-standing military traditions and modern interpretations of inclusivity and values. The controversy surrounding West Point's mission statement revision has not only brought legal challenges but also sparked a wider conversation about the future direction of military education.

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