This is text directly from the school.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE RELEASE NO. 15-16
WEST POINT PHOTO INQUIRY CLEARS CADETS – May 10, 2016
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The U.S. Military Academy announced today that no punitive action will be taken
after an inquiry concluded that 16 cadets who appeared in a photograph with raised fists did not violate
Department of Defense or Army regulations.
The inquiry concluded that the photo was among several taken in the spur-of-the-moment. It was intended
to demonstrate “unity” and “pride,” according to the findings of the inquiry.
In addition to concluding there was no violation of DOD Directive 1344.10, the findings state, “that based
upon available evidence none of the participants, through their actions, intended to show support for a
“As members of the Profession of Arms, we are held to a high standard, where our actions are constantly
observed and scrutinized in the public domain,” said Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., academy
superintendent, in a letter. “We all must understand that a symbol or gesture that one group of people may
find harmless may offend others. As Army officers, we are not afforded the luxury of a lack of awareness
of how we are perceived.”
About West Point
The U. S. Military Academy at West Point is a four-year, co-educational, federal, liberal arts college
located 50 miles north of New York City. It was founded in 1802 as America’s first college of engineering
and continues today as the world’s premier leader-development institution, consistently ranked among top
colleges in the country. Its mission remains constant—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 and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the
U. S. Army. For more information, go to http://www.westpoint.edu.