Jane's Decision: Her Experience as a Plebe

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Jane (a pseudonym) describes her experience as a first year student at one of the military service academies sometime during the period 2000-2005. She portrays the rigors of training to be an officer in the US military service and the special burdens of being a good-looking, high-achieving woman in this environment. She provides an insider's perspective on the academy culture, including the importance of the honor code, and spoken and unspoken rules against fraternization and for protecting “one's own.” At the end of the case Jane must make a decision that could change the course of her life. The case is written in the first person and students should read it as if Jane were speaking to them directly.


Originally published:

Gumbus, Andra, Jill Woodilla, Christopher York. "Jane's Decision: Her Experience as a Plebe." Organization Management Journal 14.3 (2007) 219-229.

DOI: 10.1057/omj.2007.24

(Learning and Pedagogical Research)