What follows is excerpted from the Commandant's end of the report: The Corps continues to place a strong emphasis on academics, and the results are speaking for themselves. The cadets posted a fall 2017 term overall GPA of 3.03! Over half of the cadets (59%) posted a GPA of 3.0 or better, and 216 cadets posted a perfect 4.0 GPA. Corps freshmen outperformed their University counterparts by a wide margin as well. In spring 2018, the Corps posted a term overall GPA of 3.08. This year marks the fifth consecutive semester that the Corps has posted an overall GPA at or above 3.0. Once again, more than half of the cadets (61%) posted a GPA of 3.0 or better, and 217 cadets posted a perfect 4.0 GPA. The spring Corps term and overall GPAs are the highest on record for the Corps of Cadets. The Corps worked especially closely with the College of Engineering and College of Business to enhance the University experience for our students. Our cadets continue to excel academically and prove that students at Texas A&M can achieve academic excellence while being members of the Corps of Cadets. Congratulations to our cadets for the outstanding academic success they accomplished this year! We are proud of all of them! This year the Corps of Cadets started the year with a strength of 2,560 cadets – slightly larger than the year before and once again the largest Corps since 1970! Last year Texas A&M commissioned 211 officers – the highest number of commissions since 1980. TAMU expectx to commission over 220 of our cadets into the military by the end of the year in December. Army ROTC is on pace to commission up to 116 Second Lieutenants this year with 26 Cadets distinguishing themselves as Distinguished Military Graduates, the highest number commissioned since 1980. 91% of Cadets received one of their top three Military Specialties of choice. 57 cadets were commissioned in Fiscal Year 2018 with 7 earning Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) Distinguished Graduate honors. 35 cadets were selected for Rated positions—24 Pilot slots, 5 Remotely Piloted Aircraft slots, 3 Combat Systems Officer slots, and 3 Air Battle Manager slots. Navy/Marine Navy ROTC will commission 33 Officers in the fiscal year 2018: 16 Ensigns and 17 Second Lieutenants. Navy Service Assignments include: Surface Warfare – 5; Submarines – 4; Pilot – 5; Naval Reactors – 1; and Special Warfare – 1. Marine Corps: Aviation – 9 and Ground - 8 The Corps of Cadets sent 78 students on three Corps of Cadets International Excursions in May 2018. These cadets traveled to Australia, Brazil, and England-France and experienced different countries and cultures through the lens of the 4 Elements of National Power: Diplomacy, Information, Military, and Economics, while also examining the impact of Religion and Culture in each country. Next year TANU will continue this exciting, high impact program with three more excursions to Germany-Poland, Ukraine-Georgia, and Israel planned. These excursions are relatively free to our cadets (the only requirement is for them to have a passport and pay a nominal processing fee), are highly competitive, and extremely educational. The Corps of Cadets Club Sports Program offers cadet-athletes an opportunity to compete in intercollegiate club sports while developing leadership skills as members of the Corps of Cadets. Corps teams represented Texas A&M and the Corps of Cadets throughout the year and competed successfully across the state and nation during the 2017-18 school year in baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, lacrosse, marathon, marksmanship, men’s and women’s soccer, tennis, and triathlon. The Corps of Cadets Athletic Training Room (ATR) opened at the start of the 2017-18 school year. This essential new state of the art facility, exclusively for use by our cadets, was constructed in the old mail and laundry room space across the breezeway from the Adams Band Hall (nearly 3,000 sf), and is designed to help rehabilitate cadets injured throughout the year. The ATR is open daily and run by a highly skilled team from St. Joseph’s, including an orthopedic surgeon and a group of certified athletic trainers. Cadets are able to visit the ATR at no charge for injury diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention. The Corps of Cadets ATR is helping keep our cadets healthy and performing at a high level! This past fall, we welcomed to campus the largest Cadet Corps we have seen since 1970! We project that membership in the Corps will continue to increase to approximately 3,000 cadets by 2025. As a result, we will produce even more leaders of character who will make a positive impact on our state, nation, and the world. On Saturday, April 28th, approximately 2300 members of the Corps of Cadets conducted the annual March to the Brazos, an 18-mile trek from campus to the Brazos River and back. March to the Brazos is the largest and most successful student-led fundraiser for the March of Dimes in the United States, and the Corps had a great year – raising well over $100,000. The Class of ’21 Fish Drill Team once again captured the National Championship for precision drill teams at the Tulane Invitational Drill Meet in February 2018! On April 21st, 2018 over 750 Cadets paid their final respects to former first lady Barbara Bush as they formed an honor guard for the funeral procession at the entrance of the Bush Library.