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Jasmine Porter and Jim Myers ’78 recruit future cadets at Parsippany Hills High School in New Jersey.

Jasmine Porter and Jim Myers
Jasmine Porter and Jim Myers ’78 recruit future cadets at Parsippany Hills High School in New Jersey.

By Lt. Col. Dave Williams ’79, U.S. Army (retired)

“Last Call to Growley, gray shirts, sirs.” Or so it went in the Old Corps.

This is the third and final installment of a series of articles intended to encourage young alumni to become involved in the recruiting of future generations of cadets.

Fortunately, last call is never really a “last call.” Think about it: Last call for SRC (Supper Roll Call) on a weeknight was always followed by first call for BRC (Breakfast Roll Call) the following morning. And so it goes with recruiting for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

As you read this, the spring college fair season will be drawing to a close, and the commandant’s staff will be preparing for summer orientation — the last chance to seal the deal with soon-to-be cadet freshmen and to change the minds of incoming civilian students who are on the fence about becoming cadets. When matriculation day arrives this August, the recruiting for the Class of 2021 will have absolutely concluded.

All of this will be followed immediately by the opening of the fall college fairs, when the work on building the Class of 2022 will commence in earnest!

Is this repetitive? Yes. But it is also much like our days as cadets.

Cadre reported. New cadets (rats,
for us old-timers) reported. Cadre week was followed by classes, parades, football games, mid-terms, finals, the next semester (quarters, for us old-timers), military

weekend, spring, parades, and change of command. then the cycle started again — always the same and yet always exciting and new.

For many of us alumni, recruiting for the Corps is much the same. It may sound far-fetched, but I doubt there is other volunteer work that is more fun than attending fall college fairs and telling the story of Virginia Tech and the Corps of Cadets to anxious high school seniors and their parents.

Come join us. e Corps still needs you! You can reach me at daveandliz.williams@gmail.com or the Corps Recruiting Officer, Lt. Col. Rewa Mariger, at rhintz@vt.edu.

Ut Prosim! 

Jason Darish ’95, Melissa Belleman ’90, and Dennis Hollich ’10 represented Virginia Tech and the Corps of Cadets at a college fair in fall 2016 at the International School of Brussels in Belgium.

Recruiting in Belgium
Jason Darish ’95, Melissa Belleman ’90, and Dennis Hollich ’10 represent Virginia Tech and the Corps of Cadets at a college fair in fall 2016 at the International School of Brussels in Belgium.