Although VMI has been called the "West Point of the South," it differs from the federal service academies in several respects. For example, while all VMI cadets must participate in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), they are not required to serve in the military upon graduation. Instead, VMI graduates may either accept a commission in any of the US military branches or pursue civilian endeavors upon graduation.
Virginia Military Institute in Southern VictoryEdit
The Virginia Military Institute, was the CS Army's leading military academy, though it was not their official academy as West Point was to the United States Army. Thomas Jackson was once a professor of artillery there before the War of Secession, when its cadets aspired to become officers in the US Army.