In an open letter to alumni, Billy Jenkinson '68, the chairman of The Citadel board of visitors, explained the reasons behind the decision to change the daily schedule for upper class cadets. The change allows upper class cadets to eat dinner in the mess hall between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. instead of meeting the traditional 6 p.m. formation followed by mess.
The change does not affect members of the fourth class who still have the same formation and mess under the supervision of upper class duty officers and the chain of command.
The buffet-style dinner gives upper class cadets extra time for academic work, intramural athletics, internships, campus organizations or ROTC obligations.
While the change has been popular with most cadets, it has drawn criticism from some alumni who are concerned about changing the traditional formation and family-style dinner. At its last meeting, The CAA board of directors passed a resolution asking the board of visitors to rescind its approval of the flexible evening meal schedule.
CAA President Billy Mills '71 told the BOV at its meeting last Saturday that a member of the board of visitors would be welcome to attend the CAA board's next meeting to discuss the reasons why the change was approved.