The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., commissions more officers in the armed services than almost any other college in the country. The Class of 2017 includes more than 100 cadets who are now America’s newest military officers serving in every branch of service. Family, friends and loved ones helped pin the new officers during commissioning ceremonies for each branch on May 5 held in Summerall Chapel.
Kelsie Crouch of Story City is among 24 women and men who are now America’s newest military officers serving in the U.S. Air Force.
The Citadel’s ROTC departments provide cadets with officer training during college to allow them to begin their military careers as officers after graduation. Approximately a third of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets answer the call of duty to serve the country.
The Citadel offers a classic military college education for young men and women profoundly focused on leadership excellence and academic distinction. The 2,300 members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets are not required to serve in the military but about one-third of each class commission as officers in every branch of U.S. military service. Graduates of The Citadel have served the nation, their states and their communities as principled leaders since the college was founded in 1842.