The arrival of the Class of 2004
The first sign of the arrival of the Class of 2004 was the heavy rain and sporadic traffic through Lesesne
Reveille began just after 5 a.m. on Monday. After breakfast, students were led to McAlister Field House where they heard the Commandant of Cadets Brig. Gen. Emory Mace and Regimental Commander Craig Wilson speak. After remarks, academic officers gathered their freshmen and headed back to their respective barracks. All other cadre members were in position and expecting the Class of 2004.
Members of the upper three classes who were responsible for training the Class of 2004 lined the quadrangle of the barracks. The tension was thick and the silence was loud as the freshmen entered the battalions. Then, all at once cadre members went to the freshmen and began giving two and three commands at one timeinstruction overload. After getting the attention of the knobs, as freshmen cadets are called, squad leaders collected their students and the instruction began.
members spend weeks of training in preparation for the incoming class.
Upper class cadets attend leadership workshops, conflict management
sessions, diversity training, and more. Cadre will remain responsible
for the training of the knobs until Parents Day Weekend (October 7-8).
The fourth class system, however, does not end until May.