Members of the Class of 2023 take their place as Summerall Guards

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The Summerall Guards for the Class of 2023 are now in position.

They were selected after a process that included weeks of Bond Volunteer Aspirant (BVA) training. Junior cadets who pass an initial physical fitness test take part in the six-week BVA training and tryout sessions. They must perform military pushups, sit-ups and rifle-bearing physical training, exhibiting exceptional physical condition and stamina.

The changing of the guard ceremony is part of The Citadel’s annual Corps Day/Recognition Day weekend ceremonies.

The Class of 2022 Summerall Guards performed their last precision drills as a unit before passing their rifles to the new platoon earlier this spring.

BVA training during the spring ’22 semester

Known around the United States as one of the elite military drill troupes, cadets consider membership is a high honor at the military college of South Carolina. Created in 1932, The Summerall Guards have represented The Citadel at events around the nation, including performing in five presidential inaugural parades.

The platoon is named for Gen. Charles P. Summerall, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and The Citadel president from 1931 until 1953. It’s purpose is to exemplify the exactness and thoroughness of a cadet’s training through a unique series of movements based on old, close-order Prussian drills. The maneuvers have never been written down, are passed from class to class and are performed to a silent count.

The 61 seniors will be commanded by Cadet Cyrus Mendez.

The Class of 2023 Summerall Guards:

Jose AcevedoSam Kreis
Jason BealJohn Kroske
Porter BealRhett Lindler
Will BirkholzNicolo Marcucci
Bradley BlankenshipEdwin Martin
Tate BowersMadison Matthews
Ben BoydWilliam McDannald
Tyler BurgessKempton Meetze
Jarret ButzerCyrus Mendez
Josue ChegueLogan Michael
Patrick CherryHayden Moore
Dylan ChrismasJames Moore
Cameron ColeSrijit Mukhurjee
William ConnerAndrew Murphy
Gantt ConnorWill Noonan
Charles CorteBlayne Pennartz
Noah CoteJoe Ravago
Micheal DarcyHampton Rea
Micah DerschKevin Revuelta
Dyce DuckworthJuan Ruiz
William EggersGeorge Samellas
Grayson FreeNico Savino
North GainesIan Schultz
Blake GilesDavid Seymour
Harrison GinnChristopher Sullivan
Daniel GladwellJacob Tauton
Ken GlasgaardJack Walker
Thomas GrealyPeter Young
Josh HeweyMax Zappendorf
Ian JenkinsMichael Zavala
Chazton Jordan