Military Academy Cadets Choose Gay Character As Role Model

milkpennThe cadets at the U.S. Military Academy announced their nominees for the 2nd Annual Cadet Choice Award, which is given to the movie character that best exemplifies West Point leadership. Their choices?

  • Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight
  • Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in Valkyrie
  • Dr. Henry Walton “Indiana” Jones, Jr. in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
  • John Hancock in Hancock
  • Harvey Milk in Milk
  • James Bond in Quantum of Solace

Cadet public affairs officer Cristin Browne explains the purpose of the award:

“West Point is all about producing leaders of character. Leaders influence people to accomplish the mission and improve the organization. A leader of character seeks to discover the truth, decides what is right, and acts accordingly. Furthermore, West Point values are Duty, Honor, Country. That leadership, those values, are what this award celebrates.”

The winner will be announced in mid-February.

How awesome is it that the cadets chose to include Harvey Milk in their list of action heroes?