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Cadet Life

Cadets learn to follow, do, train, and lead.

The Texan Corps of Cadets is organized and maintained within the student body of Tarleton State University as a self-contained Corps of Cadets to promote student success. The primary objective of the Corps is the development of student-Cadet's leadership and character by means of military training and the regulation of their conduct in accordance with the principles of military discipline.

4-Year Leadership Journey


Cadet Officers and non-commissioned officers are responsible for maintaining military discipline, for instructing those placed under their control, and for setting an example at all times. Each Cadet personally shares, by example, the responsibility for maintaining the discipline, standards, and traditions of the Corps. An intentional 4-year development program provides a foundation to support a Cadet’s growth as a leader.

Follow: Freshman (Duck) Year
Teach: Sophomore Year
Coach: Junior Year
Mentor: Senior Year

Daily Cadet Schedule

Event Time Day
Duck Wake Up / Fall Out 0520-0550 M-F
Physical Fitness Training 0600-0650 M-W-F
Corps Formation / Training 0630-0740 T-Th
Duck Morning Formation 0745 M-F
Morning Meal As Desired M-F
Academic Day (Quiet Hours in the Hall) 0800-1600 M-F
Noon Meal As Desired M-F
Various Cadet Activities 1630-1800 M-F
Evening Meal As Desired M-F
Personal Time 2200-2230 Sun-Th
Lights Out 2230 Sun-Th

Additional Program Information

The Texan Corps of Cadets offer and participate in many different activities available to students, as well as faculty, family members, and alumni. One of the biggest events for the Corps each year is Silver Taps, where we honor fallen Tarleton Texans. Watch a recap of last year’s Silver Taps ceremony.