Veterans outraged after catching West Point cadet using phone during graduation march

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In another case of truth being stranger than fiction, a West Point cadet immortalized in the form of a viral video for texting while mid-march to her graduation ceremony.

The unnamed cadet was spotted with her eyes glued to the screen as she casually marched with her more stoic classmates to their graduation after 47 gruelling months of training and learning at the nation’s premier military academy.

The distraction drew outrage from hundreds of viewers on Facebook, criticizing the USMA for the cadet’s behavior.

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“What’s with a couple of the female cadets using their cell phones while in a marching formation,” commented Sean Webster. “As a veteran, I’m embarrassed to see the new military standards.”

The video has received many shocked and angry reactions on social media, accruing over 549,000 views and criticism ranging from sloppy marching to the rogue texting cadet.

With over 950 cadets, the graduation ceremony included the first seven women to be brought into combat units since the lifting of restrictions and the Vice President of the United States congratulating class president Eugene Coleman for coming out as gay.

The West Point class of 2016 also made negative headlines earlier this month after sixteen black female cadets were accused of supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, posing with raised fists. None of the cadets were disciplined.

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