Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

West Point adopts gender-neutral song lyrics

Jun. 4, 2008 - 03:27PM   |   Last Updated: Jun. 4, 2008 - 03:27PM  |  
  • Filed Under

WEST POINT, N.Y. — The U.S. Military Academy will now honor its daughters as well as its sons in two of its beloved songs.

  • Please enable JavaScript for your browser in order to use armytimes.com.com.
Want to read more?
Current Subscribers
Access to Army Times Prime is free for current Army Times subscribers.
Log in
Haven't registered online?
Activate Account
New Subscribers
Start your subscription to Army Times Prime for as little as 59¢ a week!
Subscribe

WEST POINT, N.Y. — The U.S. Military Academy will now honor its daughters as well as its sons in two of its beloved songs.

Gender-neutral lyrics were incorporated into West Point's "Alma Mater" and "The Corps" — replacing lines like "The men of the Corps" with "The ranks of the Corps."

West Point officials made the change after attending funerals for female graduates killed in combat and listening to the line "guide us, thy sons" being sung. The new lyrics read "guide us thine own."

The songs were written about a century ago, long before the first female cadets joined the Long Gray Line in 1976. But Superintendent Lt. Gen. Franklin "Buster" Hagenbeck said that while 600 current cadets and 3,000 total graduates are women, the symbolically important songs contained words that explicitly excluded them.

"As we are relearning on distant battlefields, symbols and words are important," Hagenbeck said in a prepared release.

Hagenbeck spent months discussing the possible changes with alumni, Army brass and cadets. He dismissed the notion that changing the lyrics destroys any traditions at this history-drenched institution on the Hudson River.

"As leaders of character, do we expect our cadets or graduates to condone exclusion of women? No," Hagenbeck said. "We clearly expect them to do the right thing."

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan
Rates

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.


This Week's Army Times

This Week's Army Times

2015 career forecast
Fewer promotions, more force-outs

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

Classifieds
MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.
Woman who cried rape
(3 replies)
   Last Post: TJMAC77SP
        May 3, 2014 1:32 PM
   Last Post: garhkal
        May 1, 2014 5:03 PM
Cliven Bundy
(45 replies)
   Last Post: Chief_KO
        Apr 26, 2014 9:49 AM
Handbooks

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook