VMI produces two cadet managed publications, the yearbook known as "The Bomb" and "Cadence" VMI's scholarly journal.

The Bomb

Cadets write, edit, and manage The Bomb, VMI's yearbookThe Bomb was first published in 1885 and has been published continuously since 1897.  This is the 180th year of VMI, and we are looking to use this theme throughout the book. 

Purchase current edition of The Bomb

The 2020 yearbook The Bomb is available for purchase at Balfour.

You can purchase a full-page, 1/2, or ¼ page ad.

For departments on post, you can order the yearbook using your P-Card. Contact Command Sgt. Maj. Rubenstein at x7325.

Purchase older editions of The Bomb

To purchase older editions of The Bomb, call Command Sgt. Maj. Rubenstein and confirm specific editions are still available before mailing a payment of any kind. Editions available are 1980, 1981, 1985, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001-2003, 2007-2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019. Make checks payable to VMI Bomb. 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.


Since the first issue in 1966, Cadence (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