Corps becomes 21 companies strong with Victor Company
The South Carolina Corps of Cadets this fall will grow to 21 companies, making the college the largest in its history.
On Thursday Victor Company was activated during the annual Commencement Week Awards Convocation. Housed in Fifth Battalion, Victor Company will be under the cadet leadership of Daniel Pittman, a physics major from Windsor, S.C. Pittman is currently a member of Palmetto Battery and will be commissioned in the Air Force upon his graduation in 2013.
"My goal for Victor Company is to form a company that excels in all areas of developing the whole person and principled leaders instilled with honor, integrity, and discipline,” Pittman said. “I want to be able to look back and know that through the help of the rising leadership of Victor Company, we started a brand new company that will stand as a testament to the kind of leaders that The Citadel produces.”
Victor Company’s activation comes two years after Sierra Company was activated in September 2010 and five years after the previously deactivated Papa Company was reconstituted in August 2007. Victor Company, like Sierra Company at the time of its creation, has no previous history in the Corps of Cadets.
The addition of three companies in five years is part of the college’s strategic initiative to sustain enrollment at 2,135 students and to help balance the size of other companies that had ballooned as enrollment increased. Victor Company will increase the college’s ability to add students in the future. The average size company has about 100 cadets.
During the awards convocation, the Victor Company guidon (unit flag) was unfurled. The acceptance of the guidon by commanders symbolizes accountability and responsibility for the command. Many military ceremonies center on flags, also known as “colors,” and guidons are carried by each unit. In early military history, the success of the battle was determined by the advancement of the colors and guidons along with the units’ positions on the battlefield.
Beginning in the fall, Victor cadets have the opportunity to help shape the new company’s record of accomplishments through their actions and activities as cadets move through the four-year leadership development program at The Citadel.
“The creation of Victor Company marks a new chapter in Citadel history. With 21 companies, a first in the 169-year history, the Corps of Cadets will be its largest ever,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “I look forward to seeing the young men and women of Victor Company become leaders in developing Victor Company’s legacy.”