- The Washington Times - Monday, May 23, 2016

A video showing a West Point cadet apparently using her cellphone Saturday during a march to the prestigious military academy’s graduation ceremony has sparked backlash.

A video posted to West Point’s official Facebook page showed hundreds of cadets marching in step to “The Imperial March” from the “Star Wars” franchise.

At about the 50-second mark, a female cadet is seen fixated on what appears to be her cellphone as she marches.

The video has since been viewed more than 565,000 times, with over 13,800 reactions on Facebook.

Many commenters called the cadet’s actions disrespectful and used it as a reason to criticize the academy itself.

“[A]s a veteran I’m embarrassed to see the new military standards,” reads the video’s current top-rated comment.

“This is not just another college graduation. No military pride or discipline being taught. Embarrassment!!!!” another wrote.

“Cadets on phones while marching, some cadets marching in platform heels, others sneakers, some with socks, others not. Great discipline. Is this the best and brightest future leadership of our military?” wrote another.

West Point’s Class of 2016 stirred up controversy in April after 16 black cadets posed for a photo with raised fists, a gesture often associated with black nationalism.

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