The latest news about the Corps of Cadets from the Commandant.
The latest news about the Corps of Cadets from the Commandant.
I hope each of you had a restful and safe Spring Break! As we begin the final stretch of the semester, I want to update you on what this last piece of the year looks like for your cadet.
Over the next few weeks, there are several key academic dates and Corps activities to be aware of. 
Key academic dates include:
  • A third round of exams will take place from April 17-19. This set of exams immediately follows Family Weekend, so be sure to check in with your cadet on their exam schedule.
  • The final day to Q-drop a course is April 18. If your cadet has questions or concerns about Q-drops, please encourage them to visit Ms. Meredith Simpson and our academics team.
  • Final exams will take place May 4-9. Once cadets have completed their final exams, they are free to depart for the summer.
In addition to these key academic dates, there are also several Corps events that I want to make you aware of:
  • Family Weekend (April 14-16)
  • March to the Brazos (April 22) 
  • Battle of the Flowers (April 28)
  • Final Review (April 29)
I invite each of you to join us for Family Weekend and Final Review. As two of the Corps’ hallmark events, these dates mark a very special time for each cadet in our organization.
These dates will approach much sooner than they seem! As we make our way through the end of the school year, I want you to know that our commitment to your cadet and their success is as strong as ever. Visit here for a list of resources that are available to your cadet. 
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of my staff. We are here to help your cadet succeed, and we are prepared to provide them with the necessary support to do so.
This newsletter serves as one of my primary points of contact for parents and families throughout the year, so be sure to share our sign up link with fellow families of current cadets! 
Thanks & Gig Em, 
Brigadier General Patrick Michaelis ’93
Caitlynn Walsh '24 poses in front of the Quad arches

Ready To Lead: Caitlynn Walsh ‘24 Named 2023-2024 Corps Commander 

With the Corps’ 2023-2024 Leadership selections recently announced, the Corps of Cadets is proud to name cadet Caitlynn Walsh ‘24 as our newest Corps Commander. The third-ever female to hold this position, Caitlynn will assume her new position next month at Final Review.
Prior to being selected as the newest Corps Commander, Caitlynn currently serves as the Corps Sergeant Major.
Caitlynn’s path to Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets is a little unconventional. Learn more about our rising Corps Commander, Caitlynn, here.
Cadets in Company S-2 run the Bloody Cross

2023 Cadet Challenge Results

Recently, cadets participated in the annual Cadet Challenge. The event is the ultimate test of stamina, endurance and athleticism for our outfits. Cadets competed in various competitions ranging from the Obstacle Course and Endurance Course to a 3 mile run on the Quad known as “Bloody Cross.”  
Congratulations to our top three performing outfits:
  • 1st Place: Company K-2
  • 2nd Place: Company P-2
  • 3rd Place: Squadron 21
I am proud of the hard work and training our cadets put into ensuring a successful Cadet Challenge! Great job, cadets!
View photos from the 2023 Cadet Challenge here.

Squadron 21 Participates In Bataan Memorial Death March

During World War II, captive U.S. and Filipino soldiers in the Bataan Peninsula were forced to march 65 miles in an event that became known as the Bataan Death March. Across this march, thousands died. Those who survived were forced to face the harsh conditions of prisoner of war camps. 
This year, in honor of the Bataan Death March, Squadron 21 sent a team of six cadets to participate in the Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico.
A major piece of Squadron 21’s identity is their commitment to recognizing our nation’s Prisoners of War and those deemed Missing in Action. The outfit’s participation in this event over spring break serves as a testament of the outfit’s dedication to their legacy. Where they could have easily gone home to rest and recharge over the break, these cadets took the time to be a part of something greater than themselves.
We are very proud of Squadron 21 and their commitment to honoring our nation’s servicemen and women who were Prisoners of War or designated Missing in Action. They are a true reflection of the Corps’ values, and we thank them for their excellent representation of Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets throughout this memorial event.
Learn more about Squadron 21 and their participation in the Bataan Memorial Death March here
Cadets pose with former Governor Rick Perry at Senior Dining Out

CCA Hosts Senior Dining Out

The Corps of Cadets Association (CCA) proudly hosted the 25th annual Senior Dining Out in celebration of the Class of 2023.  
Over 680 cadets, CCA members and VIPs gathered at the MSC Bethancourt Ballroom to recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2023. The evening kicked off with a toast to the Senior Class and the RVs performed a tribute to fallen comrades. 
Governor Rick Perry '72 served as the guest speaker for the evening, and reinforced the significance of the Corps values and how they will serve our cadets professionally and personally.
Each cadet was given a Class of 2023 challenge coin and the evening concluded with the singing of the "Spirit of Aggieland."  
View photos from Senior Dining Out here.
Senior Dining Out is just one of many ways that the CCA enhances the cadet experience in the Corps. The CCA’s unwavering dedication to supporting our organization plays a major role in the Corps’ overall success. 
We are very thankful for the CCA and all they do for the Corps! If you are interested in learning more about the impact of the CCA, visit here.
Texas A&M Women in Aviation Chapter Logo

Cadets Get Involved With Texas A&M Women in Aviation

Co-Founded in 2020 by cadet Maria Hall ‘23, the Texas A&M Women in Aviation is a university organization focused on connecting, engaging and inspiring women to be the best they can be, both in their personal lives and in their pursuit of aviation and/or STEM careers.
As the organization has grown over the last few years, so have the opportunities available to its members, regardless of their initial experience with aviation.
Read more about Texas A&M Women in Aviation and the club’s impact on our cadets here
Cora Schell '23 gives a Gig Em on the Quad

Cadet Highlight: Cora Schell '23

Cora Schell ‘23 is an Animal Science major from Houston, Texas. Cora is also a member of B-Battery in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. 
On the Quad, Cora is involved in Parsons Mounted Cavalry, where she serves as the special unit’s Veterinary Officer. Cora represented Parsons Mounted Cavalry, the Corps of Cadets and Texas A&M in a color guard unit during the grand entry of the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo this spring.
After graduation, Cora plans to attend graduate school, where she hopes to obtain her master’s. After receiving her master’s, Cora hopes to attend Texas A&M’s Veterinary School.
We are extremely proud of Cora and her representation of the Corps of Cadets. We look forward to seeing her future success, as we are certain that she will continue to achieve greatness in all she does. 
Good luck & Gig ‘Em, Cora!
Read more about Cora and her experience in the Corps of Cadets here.
Upcoming Events
April 14th-16th - Family Weekend 

April 22nd - March to the Brazos 

April 29th - Final Review
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