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CLASS OF 2000 ENTERS

CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 24.--About 585 fourthclassmen reported today to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. The new fourthclassmen come from 10 countries, 45 states, and 36 counties in South Carolina. Seventy-one percent are natives of the five-state Citadel recruiting area: the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and Virginia.

     The Citadel Admissions Office selected the fourthclassmen from 1330 applicants. The fourthclassmen will soon learn the four cornerstones of The Citadel's doctrine: academics, physical fitness, spirituality and military discipline.

     The Citadel is one of the few colleges in the United States to request that each incoming student take a health-related fitness test prior to entering as a fourthclassman. The fitness test is usually administered by the applicant's high school physical education teacher or athletic coach. Later this week, the fourthclassmen will be tested again and are expected to meet U.S. Army standards of physical fitness.

     Today and Sunday the fourthclassmen will attend academic orientation meetings before being processed as cadet recruits on Monday morning. Intense military training will continue throughout the week and will include haircuts, marching drills, rifle drills, personal appearance and etiquette instruction, and physical training. On Monday evening the fourthclassmen will be sworn in as members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets. They will begin classes with the rest of the Corps on September 4.

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