VMI produces two cadet-managed publications: VMI's yearbook "The Bomb" and VMI's scholarly journal "Cadence".
Cadets write, edit, and manage VMI's yearbook The Bomb, which was first published in 1885 and has been published continuously since 1897. Digital versions of some past The Bomb yearbooks are available through the VMI Yearbook Digital Archives.
Purchase the current edition of The Bomb
The current version of The Bomb yearbook is available for purchase at Balfour. Contact Command Sgt. Maj. Rubenstein at (540) 464-7325 if your department on post wishes to order the yearbook using a P-Card, or for anyone who wishes to purchase a full-page, 1/2, or 1/4 page ad in upcoming editions of the yearbook.
Purchase older editions of The Bomb
To purchase older editions of The Bomb, call Command Sgt. Maj. Rubenstein and confirm specific editions are still available before mailing a payment of any kind. Editions available are 1980, 1981, 1985, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001-2003, 2007-2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019. Make checks payable to VMI Bomb. Preston Library maintains physical copies of each edition and past versions are archived online. VMI cannot reproduce past editions. Call (540) 464-7325 with questions.
Since the first issue in 1966, Cadence, VMI's journal for literature and the arts previously known as Sounding Brass, has served as a place for cadets to ply their creative talents, opening small windows onto their everyday lives and reflecting their perspectives on their contemporary concerns, including war, social movements, and an ever-changing Institute.
The title, Cadence, honors both the regimented call-and-response work song, so familiar to cadets from their daily lives, as well as the term in its more poetic context, indicating the rhythmic unfolding of sounds and words. Cadence represents the best of these two worlds, a beauty ceaselessly forged from the everyday experiences of cadets at Virginia Military Institute.
For questions, contact Maj. Henry Wise by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-464-7037.