Corps of Cadets

The Corps of Cadets is a student-led, military-style organization that was established with the university in 1876. While participation was originally mandatory, it became voluntary in 1965.

The unique spirit and traditions that make Texas A&M so special are deeply rooted in the Corps of Cadets experience. For that reason, the Corps has long been regarded as the “Keepers of the Spirit and the Guardians of Tradition” of Aggieland.

The Corps of Cadets members form the largest uniformed body of students outside of the United States service academies. While Texas A&M’s Corps of Cadets consistently commissions more officers into the country’s armed forces than any other school in the nation except the service academies, membership in the Corps carries no military obligation.

Cadets live a disciplined lifestyle while gaining practical experience in leadership and organizational management. The Corps of Cadets has many programs that are specifically designed to prepare cadets for leadership roles in the U.S. military, corporate America, government service and the private sector.

Corps of Cadets members have the opportunity to join special units, which allow them to challenge themselves through training, personal growth and competition.

Marking the end of each each school year, the Corps of Cadets conducts Final Review, a full military review in the heart of campus.

The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets conducts an 18-mile round-trip march each spring semester as part of an event called March to the Brazos. The event is one of the last major Corps events of the academic year.

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