Eighteen women changed a 158-year old tradition on Monday, June 30, by attending the Virginia Military Institute’s previously all-male summer transition program. According to VMI, the cadets who participate in the program are less likely to drop out of the school than those who choose not to attend in the summer. Although the program will allow the women to ease into VMI, they will not obtain the complete military school experience this summer because the formerly all-male institute has not yet made all the necessary changes to the facilities. For example, construction crews have not yet finished building women’s rooms and showers in the VMI barracks. The female cadets will begin the full VMI program on August 18 when the other women attending the school will join them, bringing the total number of women enrolling in the fall to 32.