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COLLEGE STATION It was a morning of celebration for the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets when two retired units were reactivated, and a third unit will be reactivated Saturday morning. The C-Company and C-Battery, which are both units of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band, held their joint ceremony Friday outside the Sanders Corps Center.
"That brings a total of seven units that I've brought back since I took over as commandant," said the Commandant of the Corps, Brigadier General Joe E. Ramirez, Jr. "For me, that's a good thing. It shows that we growing. It brings back units that were a part of the corps and it brings back those former students. We have a lot of excitement built up among our former students, who now see that their units are coming back to the corps."
The General said over the last three years, the corps has grown about 100 to 150 cadets every year. He said over 900 freshmen joined the Corps of Cadets this fall, which is the largest incoming freshmen class the corps has seen since 1970. With this many cadets coming in, he said they have had no choice but to reactivate the units.
"Our corps is going to be close to almost 2,500 cadets, which is going to be the largest Corps since 1970," he said. "We've been really fortunate that our recruiting efforts have paid off the past few years to the point now where we're seeing some really significant growth in our Corps. There is a lot of gratification in that and for me, it is personally gratifying."
Squadron 4 will hold their reactivation ceremony Saturday.
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