The Cadet Regiment is designed to provide the discipline of a military structure for the Institute’s student body. The Corps is accountable to the commandant; however, cadets provide the leadership to operate the Corps on a day-to-day basis and to accomplish long-term goals.
This distinctive military organization is tremendous leadership training institution in its own right. Many renowned military officers have emerged from its ranks, as have leaders in business, government and society. Preeminent among these is George C. Marshall, who served as Cadet First Captain – or commander of the regiment – in 1901 and went on to lead America’s military to victory in World War II, served as secretary of state, and secretary of defense.
Organized as an infantry unit, the Regiment consists of two battalions of five companies each. Cadets earn leadership positions. All officers are 1st Class cadets, all sergeants are 2nd Class cadets, and all corporals are 3rd Class cadets.