It is rare:Cheney Addresses West Point Grads:
Vice President Dick Cheney, on hand to deliver this year’s commencement address, acknowledged that this crop of West Point grads is unique. "It is rare in West Point history for a class to have joined during war time and graduate in the midst of that same war," he said. Addressing the academy’s graduates, the vice president, who drew a crowd of protestors outside one of West Point's gates, relied on the same brand of doomsday rhetoric that has characterized his remarks since 9/11. "We know," he told the audience at one point, that Al Qaeda is "working feverishly to obtain even more destructive weapons and using every form of technology they can get their hands on. This makes the business of fighting this war as urgent and time sensitive as any task this nation has ever taken on."
And about timelines?
Not only is the threat real, he warned, it’s immediate. "The timeline is no longer a calendar, it’s a watch," he said, quoting a line used recently by Mike McConnell, the director of National Intelligence. Cheney then claimed that the “enemy likely has cells inside our own country."
Perpetual war, they're here already, be very afraid, etc.
Is it rare? I believe that many classes that joined as wars were beginning were rushed through so that they could graduate and get to work. Also, there are all of the students who entered and graduated during the Cold War...