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At West Point, ´Goats´
Are an Exclusive Bunch

Wall Street Journal, by Ben Fox Rubin

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Posted By:MissMolly, 11/27/2012 9:15:42 AM

When cadet Roberto Becerra Jr. walked onstage to graduate from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2007, the entire ceremony ground to a halt as he, before a crowd of thousands, transformed into a goat. For this achievement, Mr. Becerra received a rousing ovation and was handed an envelope stuffed with cash. In a 210-year-old military academy bristling with traditions, "the goat" is a curious custom that one might not expect to find at a school better known for its selectivity and high standards. Yet every year, the last-ranking cadet

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: montanabound, 11/27/2012 9:44:01 AM     (No. 9035745)

Interesting article. John McCain was also nearly last in his class at the Naval Academy.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: tivadoc, 11/27/2012 9:44:11 AM     (No. 9035746)

Great article for a morning read. Considering how difficult admission to this institution, graduating last is hardly a dishonor. The stories of past last place holders is very interesting. Thanks for posting.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: sunsetclub, 11/27/2012 9:44:43 AM     (No. 9035747)

Interesting article. I recall in the Rogue Warrior book series, former SEAL Richard Marcinko said give him a C student over an A student any day because they try harder.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: lazlototh, 11/27/2012 10:08:37 AM     (No. 9035800)

I never much cared for Custer until finding out his pivotal role at Gettysburg, where he made it impossible for the Confederate cavalry to break through the rear of the Union line to meet with Pickett´s charge. What he did seems reckless but it was critical.

Beyond that there was still a lot not to like about him, but for the result at Gettysburg I pretty much have to forgive him. I know there are fans of the Confederacy here - I just can´t drum up the sympathy for states that insisted on keeping slaves, no matter what the reasoning for secession might have been.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Gloating, 11/27/2012 10:28:03 AM     (No. 9035845)

Enjoyable read. Thanks for posting .

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Reply 6 - Posted by: comstock, 11/27/2012 10:40:39 AM     (No. 9035866)

I´d rather hire the last in class from any US military academy than the top in class from Harvard, Columbia, or any of the Ivys for that matter. At least they won´t have their brains addled by all that liberal socialist pap.

Except maybe the Air Force Academy...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: AnnG, 11/27/2012 12:03:57 PM     (No. 9036049)

My grandson will be graduating from the Naval Academy in May. I have no idea where he ranks. I do know the classes are very rigorous. All those who graduate from the Military Academy´s have my respect.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Razorgirl, 11/27/2012 12:35:51 PM     (No. 9036102)

I know you are very proud of your grandson #7 AnnG. Over the years I have personally known two young men who washed out at Annapolis. These kids were no slackers. It is very, very difficult.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Penney, 11/27/2012 3:32:40 PM     (No. 9036427)

It´s the GOP ´fainting goats´ in Congress that are causing apoplexy! s/

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Reply 10 - Posted by: veritas, 11/27/2012 3:40:05 PM     (No. 9036435)

Give me a goat or an anchorman over a US Senator any day.

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