United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

4-year college to train officers in the U.S. Army. Admission is competitive, and requires along with regular admissions materials, a recommendation from a senator or Vice President, and a Physical Aptitude Exam.

Tuition is free, and all students are paid a stipend that increases as you go through (If I recall correctly, 400-800 a month). After you graduate, you owe the Army 5 years of service, starting at the rank of 2nd lieutenant.

Prior to 1997, Freshmen, or Plebes were hazed almost constantly, but recently the adminstration has been more vigilant in preventing this.

In 1999, I spent a week there, as part of my application process. I went through a 'typical' cadet experience. It wasn't as much learning how to shoot M16's, Howitzers, battle tactics, or ethics but the mind control techniques there that impressed me. It was kind of scary-- After one week of mental conditioning, I felt an unexplainable utter contempt for civilians-- as if I they had somehow tapped into this sense of 'hardcoredness' or nationalism that I never knew I had. I had no idea that propaganda engine of the Army was so developed and advanced-- to this day, I remember the mission statement that they had us memorize:

"To educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country; professional growth throughout a career as an officer in the United States Army; and a lifetime of selfless service to the nation."

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