In the News

Step into cadet life and explore various extracurricular activities that are offered at VMI. See how cadets, faculty advisors and coaches, and post itself, reflect the ever-changing landscape of athletics, academics, community service, and interests beyond the classroom, going the extra mile.

Students part of Ranger Challenge at VMI, a military college in Virginia

The Extra Mile: Ranger Challenge

Have you ever wondered what a mix of Army ROTC and a varsity sport would be? You’d get the Army ROTC Ranger Challenge team, which is a club at Virginia Military Institute.  

Students part of yearbook at VMI, a military college in Virginia

The Extra Mile: Yearbook Club

James Burns ’23 and his team spend the year scouring post for memories. They come in the form of pictures, words, moments, and more. From the Rat Challenge, Breakout to Ring Figure and graduation, the VMI yearbook, “The Bomb,” takes a snapshot in time that can be memorialized forever.

Students part of the Drone Club at VMI, a military college in Virginia

The Extra Mile: Drone Club

The club has a membership total of three to five cadets. Most members of the club are also computer science majors. This common trait presents difficulties when cadets have overlapping group study sessions and cannot make it to the club meeting time.

The VMI team receives their Sandhurst Medallion for placing fifth overall at the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at West Point.

VMI Places Fifth at Sandhurst

Team members of Ranger Challenge, the “varsity sport” of the program at Virginia Military Institute, placed fifth, winning a Sandhurst Medallion for the top five overall teams out of 48 teams in the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) at West Point.

Students in the Theater Club performing at VMI, a military college in Virginia

The Extra Mile: Theatre Club

Tori Wright ’24 was looking for anything to escape COVID-19 on post as a rat. The catch — there were not a lot of activities for rats to join due to the amount of work that was required of them in the Rat Line. Nevertheless, Virginia Military Institute’s Cadet Theatre was one she could.  

Student in the swimming pool for Scuba Club at VMI, a military school in Virginia

The Extra Mile: Scuba Club

When thinking of a military college in Southwest Virginia, the VMI Scuba Club is probably not on anyone’s radar. Surprisingly, cadets have applied this fun club to real-life experiences and necessary job training.  

Students part of the VMI Ethics Team

VMI Ethics Team Wins Military Ethics Case Competition

The Virginia Military Institute Ethics Team recently won first place at the Military Ethics Case Competition held at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership in Annapolis, Maryland.  

Students part of the hockey team at VMI, a military college in Virginia

The Extra Mile: Hockey Club

Since it’s a club sport, anyone can play on the VMI Hockey Team — even with little-to-no experience. In order to play a game though, you have to try out for the line. Only 22 can be put on the roster.

Students part of the pipe band at VMI, a military school in Virginia

VMI Pipe Band Plays at Nashville Funeral of School Shooting Victim

Members of the Virginia Military Institute pipe band played at the funeral of Mike Hill, the 61-year-old custodian at the Covenant School and Covenant Presbyterian Church, April 4 at Stephens Valley Church in West Nashville, Tennessee.  

VMI rugby players tackle opponent.

The Extra Mile: Rugby

In the game of rugby, 15 numbers on the field represent the different jobs of 15 players. Passing, catching, and tackling are the basic skills required of each player on the VMI Rugby team. The team is one of the most diverse and oldest club teams on post.