Wow. My head hurts after trying to read through this thread. Look folks - combat patch, no combat patch, deployments, no deployments - who cares!? Some people wear a patch/deployed and didn't do S**T! In too many instances the patch/CAB/BSMV, even PH doesn't mean anything close to what people assume it means. Going back to the original point: who cares if the West Point CSM never deployed. None of the cadets will care. The guy's got a lot of time in uniform and there are only so many senior NCO positions available. Besides, if he actually has no combat experience and/or actually did dodge deploying after all these years, I'd rather he stay at West Point where he can't jack things up than force him overseas where his decisions could do harm.