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Actual Cartoon from Pup Tent dated October 15th, 1938

Our first Installment comes from Albuquerque Chapter Member Gerald McLaughlin ‘47HSG,’49JCG

 “Now when I was a cadet……the old cadets had absolute rule over the rats (new cadets). When an old cadet gave an order, the rat had to obey it, no matter what, even if it broke the rules.  If the rat was caught, he wouldn’t squeal on the old cadet. He took the tours and demerits, unless the old cadet came forward, admitting it was under his order. If the old cadet didn’t come forward, the Corps would give him the silent treatment. They would pack his room with rats during inspection and not pass food to him at the table. It was the Corps' way of saying, ‘You broke the code. You have no honor and we want you gone.’ It was how they treated responsibility and accountability of rank, and that’s the way it was when I was there.”

- Gerald McLaughlin ‘47HSG,’49JCG


Our second Installment comes from Albuquerque Chapter Member Les Smith ‘92JCG

 “Now when I was a cadet……it was the first semester that Sikhs (A religious group originating in the Punjab region of India) attended NMMI. Before their arrival the Cadet Cadre went through sensitivity training to inform us of the religious beliefs and traditions related to the group. One thing that stood out in my mind was that their belief system forbids the removal of hair, and requires the wearing of turbans. I remember thinking to myself, "Are you kidding me?!? If they want to go to the Institute, they should follow all of the rules that every other cadet must follow! No one deserves special treatment!" Those are the thoughts that lead me into Cadre and the training of the new cadets. When I met the new cadets assigned to my troop, four of them were Sikhs, and I could not ignore the bad taste that I had in my mouth. "By God," I thought, "I'll show them what the Institute is all about!" The amazing thing is, it was the Sikhs that helped me learn what the world was all about. I had never seen such great devotion to one's beliefs. The dedication that those RATs showed brought up the entire troop - including one newly-educated Old Cadet. I learned that 'different' is not 'worse' -  that 'old' is not 'better' - and that 'dedication' is not 'special treatment'.  What a blessing!”

- Les Smith ‘92JCG