In April of 2022, Texas A&M announced its new campaign to grow the Corps of Cadets’ strength to 3,000 members. Visit here for more information on Texas A&M’s announcement of this initiative.
As part of this new campaign, dubbed the “March To 3,000”, Texas A&M has funded two new scholarships: the ROTC Patriot Scholarship Program, available to ROTC scholarship cadets, and the Maj. Gen. Raymond L. Murray Scholarship for out-of-state cadets.
In addition to the university’s new scholarship opportunities, the Office of the Commandant is closely evaluating internal and external recruiting and retention strategies for the Corps to ensure that the best practices are in place.
To accommodate the anticipated growth, two additional Corps dorms are scheduled to be built, with completion set for 2027-28.
As an integral piece of Texas A&M’s history, the Corps of Cadets is looking forward to using the March To 3,000 initiative to continue to produce high quality leaders of character on an even greater scale.
Read more about the history of the Corps of Cadets here.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Corps of Cadets has consistently produced some of our nation’s top leaders, for the military, and the private and public sectors. With a higher number of cadets, the Corps will be able to grant more individuals from all walks of life the opportunity to experience something greater than themselves. As the Corps grows in size, so do the opportunities that are available to our cadets, ensuring an endless range of academic, professional, and physical enrichment options.
Currently, the Fall semester of 2030 is the expected date for the Corps to reach 3,000 cadets.
Though all students at Texas A&M are welcome to join the Corps of Cadets, membership in the Corps is not required.
No. Though many cadets will choose to commission into the military after graduation, a majority of cadets (approximately 60%) go on to work in the public and private sectors after graduation. Cadets are required to take ROTC classes during their freshman and fall semester of ther sophomore year as these classes provide formal leadership education and practical leadership experience. Those seeking to commission into the armed forces will continue to take ROTC classes. Those not seeking to commission will continue leadership training through the Hollingsworth Center of Ethical Leadership.
Recruitment and retention efforts are currently being evaluated to ensure maximum effectiveness. The Corps of Cadets is continuing to monitor these efforts, both internally and externally, to ensure that the best practices are in place. The Corps of Cadets will roll out a marketing campaign this summer aimed at increasing awareness about what the Corps has to offer.
Texas A&M has established two scholarships in support of the “March to 3,000” initiative. The ROTC Patriot scholarship works to bridge the gap between scholarship funds current ROTC scholarship cadets receive and the cost to attend Texas A&M. The Major General Raymond L. Murray ‘35 scholarship will alleviate costs for out of state cadets. Additionally, the university’s capital plan includes the funding and building of two new dorms, set for completion in 2027-2028 school year.
The purpose of the Corps of Cadets is to develop well educated leaders of character who embody the values of honor, integrity, courage and selfless service. The Corps prepares cadets to become top leaders in the public, private, and military sectors.
In accordance with Title 10 of the United States Code, a Senior Military Colleges (SMC) is an accredited educational institution that prepares selected students for commissioned service into the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Space Force. SMCs offer a combination of higher education courses and military instruction over the course of 4 years.
The Corps of Cadets provides students at Texas A&M with the complete Aggie experience, from the day they arrive on campus to the time they cross the stage at graduation.
The Corps of Cadets is the oldest student organization at Texas A&M. Founded alongside the university in 1876, the Corps of Cadets has produced top quality leaders of character for over 145 years. Though the look of the Corps has evolved throughout the years, the central purpose has remained: building individuals that exemplify respect, excellence, leadership, loyalty, integrity, and selfless service. To learn more about the Corps of Cadets’ storied history, visit here.
Conversations about growing the Corps to 3,000 began in 2017. Corps strength at the time was projected to exceed 2,600 and a new growth goal was identified through the Office of the Commandant’s strategic planning process.
The former Corps structure was configured to support a larger number of cadets than the present Corps strength. Outfits will be reactivated to meet the needs of a growing Corps.
The Corps of Cadets strength on the first day of classes in fall 2021 was 2,143 members.
The Corps of Cadets provides students at Texas A&M with the complete Aggie experience, from the day they arrive on campus to the time they walk the stage at graduation. Individuals in the Corps are exposed to a wide range of opportunities--from social to professional--throughout their four years in the Corps. As members of the Corps, cadets are able to challenge themselves daily, excel academically, and develop relationships that last a lifetime, without any military obligation. The grades of freshman and sophomore cadets consistently exceed those of their peers among the Texas A&M student body. Post graduation, over 90% of cadets are either employed or commissioning into the military at graduation, exceeding the university average.
There are a wide range of career building opportunities available to cadets not seeking a commission into the United States military. From career readiness programs, networking opportunities with companies and professionals to personalized career advising sessions, the Corps of Cadets is dedicated to preparing students for whichever career path they choose to pursue. For more information on the Corps’ career readiness initiatives, visit here.
The Corps can date its origins back to the creation of Texas A&M in 1876. As the Keepers of The Spirit and the Guardians of Tradition, the Corps of Cadets is devoted to upholding Texas A&M’s reputation as a top tier institution. In addition to preserving Texas A&M’s time honored traditions, the Corps of Cadets has consistently produced some of our nation’s top leaders, in both the private and public sectors. Texas A&M University would not be Texas A&M without the Corps of Cadets.
Once the Corps reaches 3,000 cadets, university officials and Office of the Commandant staff will continue to work to maintain the 3,000 cadet membership status.
With a greater number of cadets in the Corps, we expect to see a rise in the number of cadets with interest in joining the band. We look forward to welcoming more students to both the Corps and the Aggie Band.
Yes. The university’s capital plan currently includes two additional Corps dorms that will support the Corps’ growth to 3,000. Other buildings that will be necessary to support a larger Corps include a Multipurpose Center that will house Corps Academics, the Hollingsworth Center for Ethical Leadership and large meeting spaces, Leadership Learning Centers and the renovation of the Sanders Corps of Cadets Center.
Yes. As long as you have four semesters left at Texas A&M, you are eligible to transfer into the Corps. New cadets are welcomed at the beginning of each semester. To learn more about the opportunities available to you, contact a Corps Recruiting Representative by phone at 1-800-TAMU-AGS or via email at email@example.com.
The cost of being in the Corps is no more expensive than being a regular student on campus. Cadets pay the same college fees as other on campus students. There are additional expenses for cadets including uniform and fees, dry cleaning expenses and haircuts. More information about additional costs can be found at housing costs and dining costs. All members of the Corps of Cadets are eligible to apply for Corps specific scholarships, with approximately% of eligible cadets receiving financial assistance. To learn more about the scholarship opportunities that are available at Texas A&M and through the Corps of Cadets, visit here.
Several key organizations across campus will actively support the Corps’ growth to 3,000 cadets. The Corps of Cadets is working with the Texas A&M Foundation, Office of the President, the Office of Admissions, Corps of Cadets Association, and the Association of Former Students will play a key role in the Corps’ growth to 3,000.
To join the Corps of Cadets, you must first apply to and be admitted into Texas A&M. All students with at least four semesters left at Texas A&M are eligible to join the Corps. Connect with a Corps of Cadets recruiter by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
All students at Texas A&M are able to join the Corps of Cadets. Individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds are invited to join the Corps. Military service is not a requirement for membership in the Corps of Cadets. For more information on how you can join the Corps, connect with a Corps of Cadets recruiter by phone at 1-800-TAMU-AGS or via email at email@example.com