Texas A&M Aggie Corps of Cadets Complete Successful Spring Orientation Week

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Second Largest Spring Class of Cadets Joins the Corps

The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets completed a successful Spring Orientation Week (SOW) on January 19, 2009. SOW is a weeklong training process that helps prepare new cadets for life at Texas A&M as members of the Corps.

While most cadets join the Corps during their fall semester at the beginning of the school year, students are also welcomed to join after classes have begun. All cadets who join later in the year become members of Squadron 18, a unit designed to train cadets at a fast pace and prepare them for success in the Corps and as students at Texas A&M.

"We find that cadets who join after fall semester have a variety of reasons for wanting to become part of the Corps," said Fredrick Mpangire, outfit commander for Squadron 18. "I joined after deciding that I wanted to challenge myself to be a better, more well-rounded person and I wanted to find ways to serve the University. The Corps of Cadets has helped me accomplish these and many other goals."

The Corps of Cadets program gives students a balanced and structured lifestyle that helps them achieve academic excellence. Corps members are given the opportunity to master management and organizational skills and become leaders -- now and throughout their lives and careers. With each class year, cadets gain more responsibility and are charged to set policy and lead the cadet classes below them.

Squadron 18 currently has 46 members, 21 of whom joined as freshmen during SOW and Mpangire says his unit members are currently focusing on academics, participation in community service (both on and off campus) and physical training.

"The Corps experience is demanding but very rewarding," added Mpangire. "Any student who wants a challenging and more purposeful college experience should consider becoming a cadet."

While SOW has passed, the Corps always welcomes inquiries and can provide guidance and advice regarding the admissions process. To learn more about Squadron 18 and the Texas A&M Aggie Corps of Cadets visit http://www.aggiecall.org.

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