Occasionally comments are made suggesting that the Citadel is less of a SMC because it accepts veteran students. These students do not live in the barracks and are unfortunately only an extremely small number of the student body. Unfortunately, because these students bring tremendous value to the college. DS, who is not commissioning, has nothing but respect for these students. During this past parent's weekend, DS told us a little about one of his teammates. This veteran of several hostile deployments, was under the command of a Citadel graduate. This student was so impressed with his commander that he decided to attend the Citadel, and will be commissioned as a Lt upon graduation. DS comes from a military background and is not easily impressed; however, he is impressed by the caliber of veteran students and the life experiences they share with the cadets. I imagine that the commissioning cadets also find these veteran students inspiring. The veteran students, positive roles models, are a reminder of what commissioning cadets are working toward.