FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 1998
1998 Guards Vote to Disband
The Citadel announced today that the 1998 Summerall Guards voted last night to disband. This means the drill unit will not complete its year-long program of exhibitions that comes to a conclusion on Corps Day, March 14, 1998. The cadets voted in the majority not to participate because they did not want to accept the kind of supervision or the standards of performance for training, dress, and drill set by the college. College authorities are working with the Corps of Cadets' leadership to continue the program with other participants.
The Summerall Guards are The Citadel's drill platoon that performs at various functions and events. Founded in 1932, the Guards represent a long standing tradition of precision military drill at the college and go through months of training, practice, and evaluation before they are allowed to represent the college.
Citadel President John Grinalds stated that I am disappointed in the decision of the cadets, but the Summerall Guards will continue at The Citadel."