Grave challenges confront our nation today and for the foreseeable future. It is more important than ever that NMMI stress the development of character and integrity in our Corps of Cadets. The Cadet Honor Code and System, adopted in 1921 by a unanimous vote of the Corps of Cadets, is officially recognized as the primary means by which character development is accomplished at NMMI.
The hallmark of the NMMI Experience is the Honor Code, which states that "A cadet will not lie, cheat or steal, nor tolerate those who do." The Honor Code is administered and enforced by each member of the Corps of Cadets.
To NMMI cadets, honor means a sense of what is right, just, and true, and a desire to live by such standards. Honor is a basic attribute of good character. It is based on a respect for one's self and for others. It requires self-discipline and moral courage. The goal of the Cadet Honor System is character development through right action.