Marching tours is or used to be one of the chief forms of discipline at our nations military academies. This scene from The West Point Story starring James Cagney and sexy red hot Virginia Mayo shows cadets “walking the area” consequent to their infractions of the rules and regulations.
There was a scene right after the picture you see where a cadet obsequiously reports for Additional Military Instruction only to be brow beaten and put in his place by an officer. This all reminded me of one of my friend’s son who attends Marion Military Institute in Alabama or it might be the one in New Mexico.
The kid said that these days a cadet can easily get out of marching tours by doing a simple 15 minute task to earn “tour credits” which will offset however many one hour tours they have been charged with. All one cadet did to get rid of tours he was given for having sex with a local high school girl was to carry some books from the LRC to a teachers office which took all of 5 minutes! Also the cadets can build up a bank of these tour credits to wipe out any sticks or demerits they get for being disruptive in the corps or classroom!
Our country is already in trouble, but when the entities that are training our future military officers start getting weak and undisciplined, we will sink rapidly!!