Discussion in 'Publicly and Privately Funded Military Colleges' started by Lawman32RPD, Oct 30, 2015.
What is the difference between the parade and the March-in?
A parade is typically a full review in dress uniforms on the parade ground they are on most Friday afternoons and on Saurday mornings before football games. Just prior to the start of home football games, the Corps marches down from the baracks into the stadium where they form up, then fall out into the stands after the National Anthem. (Over 4 years you get a lot of practise marching )
Both are pretty impressive. Though I imagine they get old fast to Rats & Cadets.
Always enjoyed the March-on a whole lot better than parades (which are longer). And every one of those VMI football players you see are cadets, first and foremost!
Thanks to all. Had a great time yesterday, and with the help of I-81, was able to get there in time for both. We paid a surprise visit to our son's best friend, now a third, at VMI, and didn't tell his parents either (who we knew would be there tailgating as well). Other than the score at the end of the game it was a wonderful visit. As my wife said "Since she can't go down to see our cadet as often as we'd like we decided to see her 'other' son/keydet."
You get used to the scores, unfortunately. When the cadets can keep it close, that's a small victory for us... A win...now that's a celebration!!
VMI Football=100% Cadets!
They have been playing hard and kept it close several times this year. I was very glad to see my Rat do lots of push ups on game day for Parents Weekend.
The new VMI head football coach is a '84 USAFA grad and former USAFA football player. I think he and his staff are making a huge positive impact. (I'm also a USAFA Grad so I am biased .)
The win against Mercer two weeks ago was the first road win by VMI in 5 years and 30 consecutive road games. They also recently played Univ Tenn Chattanooga, ranked #6 FCS team in the nation, hard losing by 6 points. Their record is 2 -7 right now with 2 games to go. 4 of the 7 losses were winnable right up to the very end. It is very hard to completely turn a program around in the first year of a new head coach, but I think he and his staff are making a very positive difference. Looking forward to seeing what develops.
I think you're right about the coach. There seems to be more energy with the team. Although it's tough when you're drawing from 1500 cadets at an all-military college... And remember, unlike any other school in the conference, ALL players on VMI's team are cadets!!! Seriously though, I also look forward to seeing what develops over the next couple years...
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