Record Setting Corps of Cadets

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The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets prepares to be accepted after preliminary training.
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets prepares to be accepted after preliminary training.

Three hundred eighty-five new members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets reported to the Virginia Tech campus in early August one week before the rest of the campus, for New Cadet Training. The Class of 2015, at 385 strong, will push the Regiment to an overall size of over 960 cadets, the largest corps since 1969. Throughout the week the new cadets were taught by approximately 100 upper class cadets on how to march and perform military drill with precision, how to properly complete a military obstacle course safely, how to rappel down a 40-foot tower, and competed in athletic team-building competitions. In recognition of completing their initial training, a parade marking the acceptance of the new Cadets was held last Saturday. The incoming Class of 2015 joins a long standing tradition at Tech which began with 132 cadets in October 1872, when all students were cadets and Virginia Tech was known as the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is one of just two military corps in the country within a large public university.