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Corps of Cadets Participation

Responsible Department
Commandant of Cadets Office
Effective Date
Revision Date
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    1. This policy establishes participation requirements for the Corps of Cadets at the University of North Georgia (the “University”).

    2. This policy supersedes the Commandant’s Policy Letter #9 dated July 1, 2017, and the previous version of the Participation Policy, which was in effect from August 6, 2016, until the effective date of this policy revision.
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    Corps” and “Corps of Cadets” are used interchangeably in this policy; both terms refer to the Boar’s Head Brigade Army ROTC program at the University.

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    1. The Corps of Cadets is a student organization and residential leadership experience that replicates the living and learning conditions of a Federal Service Academy.

    2. Cadets are expected to be full participants in the Corps of Cadets for 8 semesters (fall and spring), which means they must:

      1. Be enrolled as a full-time student (undergraduates must take a minimum of 12 semester hours, graduate students must take a minimum of 9 hours) every fall and spring semester;

      2. Complete the following Military Science and Military Exercise Physiology courses in the appropriate fall and spring semester:

        1. Freshman:  MILS 1000, MILS 1005, MILS 1100, MILS 1105

        2. Sophomores:  MILS 2000, MILS 2005, MILS 2100, MILS 2105

        3. Juniors:  MILS 3000, MILS 3005, MILS 3100, MILS 3105

        4. Seniors:  MILS 4000, MILS 4005, MILS 4100, MILS 4105

      3. Live on campus in designated residence halls;

      4. Comply with the rules and regulations for Cadets set out in the Bluebook and other military policies;

      5. Participate in all military events directed by the Professor of Military Science and/or the Commandant (Brigade Training Schedule and Syllabus);

      6. Be assigned to a student-led chain of command at all times;

      7. Wear the military uniforms prescribed by the Commandant of Cadets, on a daily basis.

    3. Cadets who enter the National Service Leader Track (NSLT) may request a waiver from Sections III(B)(1) and (2) above and be allowed to take designated 3-hour UNG leadership courses in lieu of MILS 3000, 3100, 4000, 4100, if approved in writing by the Commandant or his representative.

    4. Cadets may request an exception to Section III(B)(3) above and live off campus as military non-residents, if they meet one of the following criteria:

      1. Reside with parents or grandparents and commute daily to/from their legal residence within Dawson, Lumpkin, Hall or White Counties.

      2. Are married (must show marriage certificate).

      3. Are age 23 or older at time of application.

      4. Have completed 2 years of honorable federal service at time of application (show DD Form 214).

    5. Cadets may request an exception to Section III(B)(6) above when they are participating in study abroad programs or approved internships.

    6. A waiver from the requirements of Section III(B) of the Participation Policy may be granted in rare circumstances by the Commandant in cases where compliance with the policy causes a documented extreme personal hardship.

    7. A Cadet wishing to quit the Corps must complete the out-processing checklist maintained by the Assistant Commandant.  A cadet may also express their intention to quit the Corps by failing to meet the requirements for full participation outlined above.  When this occurs, the cadet will be deemed a constructive quitter by the Assistant Commandant.

    8. Cadets who quit or are deemed constructive quitters from the Corps are subject to a mandatory one-year “stop out,” which means they may not take courses on the Dahlonega Campus for a period of one calendar year from the date of their withdrawal/dismissal.  These cadets may transition as soon as practical to another UNG campus, if otherwise qualified.

    9. Cadets, including transfer students, who have resided in military residence halls for eight (8) fall and spring semesters, may request to leave the Corps to become civilian students.
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    1. A prospective Cadet must submit a request for one of the four exceptions listed above, or submit a request for a waiver, to the Director of Cadet Admissions. After enrolling, a Cadet submits a request for exception or waiver to the Commandant.

    2. The decision of the Director of Cadet Admissions regarding an exception or waiver to the Corps Participation Policy may be appealed to the Vice President for Student Affairs or her representative.

    3. A current Cadet must submit a request for one of the four exceptions listed above, or submit a request for a waiver, to the Assistant Commandant of Cadets, who has the authority to approve or disapprove requests. Exceptions to or waivers from the Corps Participation Policy may be granted depending on: the ongoing need for residential Corps of Cadets leadership, the mission to train “in residence” as many leaders as possible, bed space occupancy rates, personal hardships, caps on the permissible number of military non-resident students, the commissioning needs of the U.S. Army (input from PMS required), or the student’s ability to meet established deadlines.

    4. The decision of the Assistant Commandant regarding an exception or waiver to the Corps Participation Policy may be appealed to the Commandant of Cadets or his representative within 3 business days.

    5. The Commandant will also publish administrative implementing instructions that describe how the Commandant’s Staff will process requests for (1) waiver or (2) exceptions to the Corps Participation Policy.
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    Review and Responsibility

    Responsible Party:   Commandant of Cadets

                   Review:    Every three years (or more frequently if needed)

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