Charleston, South Carolina -- Friday, March 29, 2019
Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn offers encouragement to a knob during "the gauntlet" physical training event on Recognition Day. Zorn oversaw the event and participated in the activities, including leading a mile run around campus.
Since arriving campus, freshmen cadets' lives are strictly regulated. Known as knobs, they speed walk around campus, undergo intensive physical training and must maintain high standards in their dress and room.
As Zorn recalled of her knob year, she waited to be told "when to do, what to do, how to do it." On Recognition Day, after a series of strenuous mental and physical exercises, the freshmen's efforts are acknowledged and their regimented lives are eased. It is the moment they have worked toward over the past seven months.
In May of 2018, Cadet Col. Sarah Zorn became the Regimental Commander at the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. Zorn is the first woman to hold the position of top cadet at the 175-year-old institution, which, up until 1995, didn't allow women to enroll.
CREDIT: Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times