Since its beginnings, Texas A&M University’s Corps of Cadets has transformed wet-behind-the-ears students into well-rounded adults who have a heart for service. World War II proved the Corps’ role in producing servant leaders with over 20,000 Aggies serving, more than 950 of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
More than 145 years later, the Corps is optional and a majority of cadets do not commission into the military. However, there is still one key component to a cadet’s time in the Corps: learning to lead through service to others.
Understanding the impact cadets have after they leave Aggieland, Texas A&M President Dr. M Katherine Banks has made the Corps of Cadets a priority with the “March to 3,000” campaign to grow the Corps to 3,000 members by 2030. “We have a duty and obligation to our state and nation to continue developing leaders of character, and I am in full support of expanding the opportunities the Corps provides our students,” Banks said.