VMI produces two cadet-managed publications: VMI's yearbook "The Bomb" and VMI's scholarly journal "Cadence".

The Bomb

4 covers of VMI's yearbook

Cadets write, edit, and manage VMI's yearbook The Bomb, which was first published in 1885 and has been published continuously since 1897. Digital versions of some past The Bomb yearbooks are available through the VMI Yearbook Digital Archives.

Purchase current edition of The Bomb

The 2024 yearbook The Bomb is available for purchase at the following web address

You can purchase a full page, 1/2, or 1/4 page ad.

For Departments on post you can order these by using your P-Card.  Any questions please call CSM Rubenstein at x7325. 

Purchase older editions of The Bomb

Purchase older editions of The Bomb, call CSM Rubenstein and confirm specific editions are still available before mailing a payment of any kind.  Editions available are 1983, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001-2003, 2008-2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022 Make checks payable to VMI Bomb for $65. Preston Library maintains physical copies of each edition and past versions are archived online. VMI cannot reproduce past editions.

Call 540-464-7325 with questions.


4 covers of VMI scholarly journal Cadence

Since the first issue in 1966, Cadence, VMI's journal for literature and the arts previously known as Sounding Brass, has served as a place for cadets to ply their creative talents, opening small windows onto their everyday lives and reflecting their perspectives on their contemporary concerns, including war, social movements, and an ever-changing Institute.

The title, Cadence, honors both the regimented call-and-response work song, so familiar to cadets from their daily lives, as well as the term in its more poetic context, indicating the rhythmic unfolding of sounds and words. Cadence represents the best of these two worlds, a beauty ceaselessly forged from the everyday experiences of cadets at Virginia Military Institute.

For questions, contact Maj. Henry Wise by email or call 540-464-7037.


Read Cadence Online

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