Corps of Cadets ‘recognizes’ this year’s rook class

On March 4 at 22:47 (10:47 p.m.), the rook class of 2012 was officially recognized as first year cadets in Norwich University’s 194-year-old Corps of Cadets.

The freshmen class has completed 24 weeks of rook training. This is the turning point in the rook year. It marks the change from follower to potential leader. Recognition occurs after Rook orientation week, Rook basic training, and Rook basic leadership training have ended. After the rook class completes these phases and several assessments, the rook class undergoes a culminating event and is then recognized as first year cadets. With that, the class is promoted to Cadet privates and will begin preparing for promotion to the corporal rank.

Left to right: Payton Warner, Ginger Ryll, Sydney Rice, and Devon Killilea participate in the pull-up station on Paine Mountain. (Jackie Derocher Photo)

Left to right: Payton Warner, Ginger Ryll, Sydney Rice, and Devon Killilea participate in the pull-up station on Paine Mountain. (Jackie Derocher Photo)

The rook class participated in the culminating event on Saturday, March 2, which consisted of training by many of the special units on campus. Air Force Spec Ops, Army Rangers, Mountain Cold Weather Company, Sempre Fi, and other upperclassmen cadets challenged the freshmen both physically and mentally on standards that they have been taught since Rook Arrival Day in August of 2012.

After a strenuous and dedicated year, cadet Col. Dusty Shimkus awarded the first year cadets the following privileges:

–        Can visit upperclassmen barracks

–        Can visit civilian dorms

–        Can go to chow on their own

–        Music, videos, movies, games on PED’s

–        Doors closed as desired

–        Sleep as desired

–        Can use Centennial Stairs

–        Can use front doors to buildings

–        No rook covers

–        Black nametags

–        Walking across the bricks

–        Walking leave

The Guidon staff genuinely congratulates the first year cadets on their well-earned recognition at Norwich University.

 

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