Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Reactivates Two Units To Meet Future Growth

It's the longest tradition at Texas A&M and there's a growing demand to be a part of it.

More and more students are joining the Corps of Cadets and on Friday two units were reactivated to meet the need.

And the Corps is expected to grow even more.

Tradition is a daily part of Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets are said to be the keepers of that spirit.

"Basically we're just gonna officially activate F-1 and have the major unit commander pass the guidon off to the company commander," said Barrett Brotherton, a 1st Sergeant for Company F-1.

Friday afternoon more than 30 cadets joined the ranks of Company F-1.

All of the cadets volunteered to to take on this new assignment. The "Finest First" as it is nicknamed was disbanded in the mid 1980's because of hazing, but plans are in the works to reinstate more units as the corps expands.

Bradley Bergfeld will be the unit's Commander.

"We're proud to bring back the heritage that you former Aggies had when you were here in the Corps. We all look forward to Tuesday when we can step our feet on the ground as new F-1 Cadets and become once again the finest members on the quad," Bergfeld said.

It was also a reunion for F-1 members from the past including Bill Stough, Class of '60, one of the original commanding officers.

"We had something to live up too and you young men and women do too. It's not a burden it's a blessing, we all all of us Aggies together are together. We have something to live up to and we have," said Stough.

Texas A&M Junior Jeffrey Pacht was eager to be a part of this new legacy.

"F-1 is an amazing outfit. It's the outfit that created Corps brass which is a time-honored tradition in the Corps. It also created the Corps run which is a run that happens before every football game," added Pacht.

Corps Commandant Joe Ramirez tells us the Corps has grown by more than 200 cadets this year and officials think that's because of the leadership opportunities it offers and maybe even folks looking for a job in the military in this tough economy.

"If we continue the growth then my intent is next year I'll stand up two more and we'll continue this trend so I can start to bring back these units that have a long history and tradition," stated Brigadier General Joe Ramirez, who is also a retired U.S. Army Officer.

A tradition that has carried the Corps on for 136 years.

Squadron One known as "Huslin' One" was also reactivated Friday after being disbanded since 1999.

Corps drills for the new semester start on Tuesday.

Around 45 percent of Corps members will pursue military commissions.


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