Cadre trains freshmen Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7)— On Virginia Tech’s campus, the Corps of Cadets has been busy training their newest members.

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All week they’ve been busy learning the basics of how to work out properly, nutrition and how to do rifle drills.

The regimental commander said they’ve been around for a very long time so they hold old traditions while also keeping things modern.

“We are probably one of the most progressive organizations on campus just because with how we interact with our freshmen and the standards that we hold,” said Regimental Commander Justin Clipson. “Our freshmen are able to go out into the university once school starts and they’re fully integrated. People look at them as the leaders that they are on campus.”

Clipson said the training is stressful for the freshmen, but the upperclassmen, or cadre, recognize this and do what they can to help.

“The cadre have been trained to be very careful about making sure that the freshmen are getting the proper amounts of energy, so they’ll turn on and they’ll be at them and the freshmen will be working really hard, but then they also know how to take a break,” Clipson said.

Clipson said this week is very important for the freshmen to prepare for life on campus and for the cadre to learn and demonstrate their leadership skills.

They will continue preparing for their annual cadet parade this Saturday to demonstrate the military drills they have learned in training. It will be held at 10 a.m. August 24 on the Drillfield.

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