Charleston, South Carolina -- Monday, August 13, 2018
Before sunrise, Regimental Commander Sarah Zorn lowers herself to the ground to encourage cadet recruit Mackenzie Battle as freshmen learn proper physical training drills during Challenge Week, an initial training period before classes when cadet recruits adapt to their new lives filled with drills, ceremonies, pressed uniforms and early mornings. At left is the Regimental Executive Officer David Days, with whom she works closely.
Regimental Commander Sarah Zorn stood before 837 freshmen, the largest class in the school’s 176 years, moments before they take the cadet oath.
“You are no longer an individual but a representation of our core values, the embodiment of the kindred spirit of the Citadel,” she said.
Among the 837 knobs, 87 are women, another record for a program that admitted men exclusively until 1995.
“The Citadel is progressing, and we’re moving to the future, and we are embracing the idea that women are just as good of leaders as men,” Zorn said as freshmen were brought through Challenge Week, an initial training period before classes when cadet recruits adapt to their new lives filled with drills, ceremonies, pressed uniforms and early mornings.
CREDIT: Alyssa Schukar for The New York Times