In regards to the "Let's go and try to buy a drink, and bust a bartender/cashier/etc..." program that the cadets are involved with on a routine basis.
If the cadets are not sworn yet, then they are not "Officers". [point 1]
The cadets are over 19, but under 21 years of age. [point 2]
Based upon VA § 4.1-305 'Purchasing or possessing alcoholic beverages unlawful...' [quick link: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+4.1-305
], the Cadet is breaking the law when they attempt to buy alcohol, as they do not meet the exemptions detailed in 4.1-305-A(iii). I would like to see them get charged. Class 1 Misdemeanor is not a "BIG DEAL".
Interesting other note, check out §4.1-200 [http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+4.1-200] paragraph 7: Any person who keeps and possesses lawfully acquired alcoholic beverages in his residence for his personal use or that of his family. However, such alcoholic beverages may be served or given to guests in such residence by such person, his family or servants when (i) such guests are 21 years of age or older or are accompanied by a parent, guardian, or spouse who is 21 years of age or older and (ii) such service or gift is in no way a shift or device to evade the provisions of this title.
I like the "or are" wording...