Wednesday, August 15, 2018, marks the beginning of Freshman Orientation Week (FOW) for the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. The ten-day orientation program teaches the new “fish” how to be a cadet and is the first step of the 140 plus-year-old leadership development program. Over the following days, these new cadets will get haircuts, learn to march, learn how to wear their uniforms and become familiar with the traditions of Texas A&M.
The Corps emphasizes a solid academic foundation, and this begins during FOW. The new cadets spend a significant amount of time learning the location of their classes and cadets receive guidance on the educational resources available to them including mentoring, study assistance, and supplemental instruction. Cadre, the upperclassmen selected to provide direction to fish during FOW, teach fish the rules to Evening Study Time and policies covering the academic day.
By the conclusion of FOW, fish, most of whom have never marched, are prepared to participate in military reviews and Corps March-Ins before home football games. Fish in the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band learn everything that other cadets learn and also learn to drill with the largest military marching band in the nation. In just a few short weeks, the Aggie Band freshman will perform at halftime at Kyle Field in front of 100,000 fans!
FOW is the beginning of a great journey for these young men and women who have chosen to participate in the Corps of Cadets. They join tens of thousands of Former Students who entered the Corps to get something more from their education at Texas A&M. These Aggies are the newest “Keepers of the Spirit” and “Guardians of Tradition.”
FOW culminates with a fish Review on Simpson Drill Field.