I am currently applying to the United States Naval Academy, Virginia Military Institute, and the Citadel. I have a full-ride NROTC scholarship and am weighing the pros and cons of VMI and the Citadel in the event that I am not accepted to the Academy. I am currently leaning heavily toward VMI because I like the location and (from everything I've researched and read) the atmosphere of the school. I understand the two are very similar and do not wish to cause any arguments about "which is better". I am wondering what traditions are currently upheld at each. With hazing laws, a lot of old military traditions have been outlawed at various schools (many for understandable reasons, others for not such understandable reasons). I am curious if VMI and the Citadel still practice military bracing and "drumming out" cadets who commit honor offenses, or what kind of traditions each school has? I plan to visit VMI in February, and may be able to have some of my questions answered then, but I do not have the luxury of visiting the Citadel also. And if anybody is willing to answer personal questions, what is the best and worst thing that you took away from the school you attended, if you have attended or are attending?