[TEXT OMMITTED FROM SOURCE] the academic and military work, the report said. It also proposed building an indoor athletic facility.
In trying to determine what is lacking at West Point, the study group also said it "found that a relatively humorless atmosphere seems to prevail . . . A certain grimnes marks many of the cadets, an outlook which may blind them to many of life's humorous aspects and rob them of much of the enjoyment of their four-year experience."
The study also criticized the academy for a general inability to spot and correct its own weaknesses.
Citing "intellectual inbreeding" on the faculty, for example, the study proposed that 5 per cent of the staff be civilians and said teachers should have more contact with faculty at other schools.
The study group, which submitted 152 recommendations in its report to Army Chief of Staff Bernard W. Rogers, stressed the need to give cadets more time to devote to special academic areas of interest while eliminating emphasis on class rankins.
Grading should emphasize personal achievement rather than comparison with other cadets, the report said, noting that this and some other changes already are being implemented.
The report urged retention of the controversial honor system and the "nontoleration" clause that requires cadets to report violations of the honor code. But the study said slight infractions should not be punished by expulsion.
As a result of the 1976 cheating scandal, 152 students left West Point.
The academy offered to reinstate 105 of the cadets; 98 returned and began classes three weeks ago. The academy has 4,475 cadets, including 177 women.
The report said a problem that may have contributed to the scandal was excessive demands on cadets, resulting "in scattered academic attention and limited opportunity for study in depth."
It recommended that the number of courses required for graduation be reduced from 12 to 10 per year.