Thomas Lang and Nicolas Noga have made the 2017 Summerall Guard at the Citadel in South Carolina. Earning this title is one of the highest honors that can be achieved by a cadet.

Each winter, cadets who are juniors endure weeks of physical training and drilling in an attempt to be named a member of the famous platoon for their senior year.

The competitions for the newest guards were completed Feb. 24. Consisting of 61 members, all of the Summerall Guards were chosen for their physical stamina and drill proficiency.

The platoon’s purpose is to exemplify, through a unique series of movements based on the old German close-order drill, the exactness and thoroughness with which a cadet is trained.

The drill, which has never been written down, is performed to a silent count. Each year’s platoon takes responsibility for teaching the precise drill to the upcoming unit.

The guards will perform publicly together for the first time on Corps Day, March 19.


Rachel Berger has been initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, at the United States Naval Academy in Baton Rouge, La.