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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 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.

Students do community work for spring field training exercises at VMI, a military college in Virginia

Pavilion Construction and Other Community Service Projects Part of Spring FTX

Community service projects brought assistance to organizations such as Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Lime Kiln Theater, Health Center Bull Oyster Fest, Waddell Elementary School Garden, Rockbridge SPCA, Boxerwood Garden, Virginia Museum of Civil War, and Timber Framers.  

Student at VMI's Cyber Club, a military college in Virginia

The Extra Mile: Cyber Club

VMI’s Cyber Club boasts 104 members, making it one of the largest club organizations on post. And it hasn’t been around for long — it started in 2017. 

Student, part of VMI's Boxing Club, at the nationals competition held at the military college in Virginia

Three VMI Boxing Club Members Receive Awards for Academic and Athletic Excellence

VMI Boxing took to the ring for the USIBA 2023 National Tournament March 23 through 25 bringing home several accolades — for their sporting and academic endeavors.

Student part of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club at VMI, a military college in Virginia

The Extra Mile: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club

Cadet Audrianna Kelly '25 aspired to get physically stronger and find more ways to defend herself to help aid her in her future military career. That’s when she found VMI’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) Club as a rat.

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders