Drill and Ceremonies Unit
Corps of Cadets has traditionally consisted of two separate, but closely
related, groups – the
and the Navy ROTC.
The TMA Cadets are training towards civilian careers as
professional officers in the commercial shipping industry.
The Navy ROTC
Midshipmen are participating in the U.S. Navy’s College Program, earning
officer status in the U.S. Navy while earning their degrees
from Texas A&M University.
What is the
Drill and Ceremonies Program?
Through participation in leadership
programs, in Aggie Traditions, and in the Corps of Cadets at
the Drill and Ceremonies Program allows students to participate in the
TMA Corps of Cadets without pursuing a
license option program. The unit will also serve to prepare students for
participation in the College Station Corps of Cadets.
How do I apply for the
Drill and Ceremonies
First, the students
should apply to Texas
through the normal admissions process (see
You may choose any major that closely matches your future
College Station choice of major or a
general studies program.
Navy ROTC: Some Drill and Ceremonies Cadets may wish
to join the Navy ROTC program (if they intend to continue in
College Station as
NROTC Cadets). These cadets should apply to the
program. Any cadets who opt for and are accepted for NROTC will also
enroll in NROTC freshman classes.
Academy: Other Drill and Ceremonies Cadets may
choose to participate in the Texas
if they do not intend to pursue a military commitment (and ROTC
scholarship) in College Station.
These students will apply to enter the
Maritime Academy as non-license option students.
What are the costs of
and Ceremonies Cadets
will pay normal
residents or out-of-state residents.
Navy ROTC cadets will
have minimal uniform expenses and additional costs for O-Week supplies. Most
of their uniform requirements will be provided by the U.S. Navy. Most of
these items will be used in College
Station as well.
Drill and Ceremonies Unit
cadets will purchase about $1,200 in uniforms with additional costs for
supplies. Some, but probably not all, of these uniform items will be used
in College Station.
What will the
Drill and Ceremonies Program
Traditions are strong at the Galveston
and Aggie Traditions are the focus of this group. Special cadet units will
be created within the Galveston Corps of Cadets (both
Academy and Navy
ROTC). Cadets will fully participate in Cadet life – uniforms,
formations, room inspections, military customs and courtesies. They will
live on campus and will be housed with other cadets. They will enroll in
the non-credit Thursday afternoon corps activities period (conducted on the
training ship). This corps activities period provides leadership training
through maritime skills drills such as lifeboat and fire safety training.
How do I transfer to
College Station Corps
First, all students
who wish to “change curriculum” from the Galveston campus to
College Station must maintain at least a 2.5 grade point average, with at
least 27 hours of academic credit. To transfer into some academic programs
in College Station, a higher grade point average may be required.
Cadets transferring to the TAMU Corps of
Cadets will have two options:
Cadets may join
Squadron 18, the transition outfit, (for all transfer students regardless
of service affiliation), where they will fulfill one semester as a fish before
moving up to sophomore. Following the fish semester, the cadet will be
allowed to move to another outfit or remain in Squadron 18.
Cadets may also
choose to join the Cadet Corps and complete the entire four-year Corps
experience (fish-sophomore-junior-senior) in College Station.
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