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Named after General Charles P. Summerall, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army and Citadel president from 1931 until 1953, The Summerall Guards was founded in 1932 and remains The Citadel's silent drill platoon. The Guards have amazed audiences for more than seventy years with their unique combination of Prussian high-step and German close-order drill. This drill, known as the "Citadel Series", is passed down from class to class in a highly competitive and vigorous selection process from which only the most committed individuals emerge as the succeeding year's Guards. Guards tradition states that the "series" has never been written down and has remained virtually unchanged since 1932. Charles Pelot Summerall (1867 - 1955) was a U.S. general. ... The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, is a state-supported, comprehensive college located in Charleston, South Carolina. ... In the United States, a drill team is a marching unit that performs military style maneuvers in parades, at air shows, football half-time shows, and other ceremonies. ... Motto Suum cuique Latin: To each his own Prussia at its peak, as leading state of the German Empire Capital Königsberg, later Berlin Government Duke1  - 1525–68 Albert I (first)  - 1688–1701 Frederick III (last) King1  - 1701–13 Frederick I (first)  - 1888–1918 William II (last) Prime Minister1,2... Wachbataillon is the German Bundeswehrs elite silent drill team. ...

Each year, aspiring 2nd class cadets (junior class) volunteer for a three-week training and evaluation process beginning at the end of January. The training for these "Bond Volunteers" involves rigorous stationary PT and running with an M14. Perfection of the drill is also stressed and much time is spent by the aspirants outside of the designated times perfecting the drill. At the end of the training process there is a final “cuts” day where the aspirants are graded on their drill and for each mistake a “cut” is assigned. The 61 cadets with the lowest cuts are chosen to become the new Summerall Guards, with 51 "regulars" composing the marching platoon and 10 "alternates" kept in reserve to fill in as needed. The M14 rifle (more formally the United States Rifle, Caliber 7. ...

The new Guards are then shown the series and practices diligently up until their debut performance on the Citadel’s Corps Day Weekend. Corps Day Weekend usually occurs in early March. It is at this time that there is a ceremonial passing of rifles and the new members officially take the title of Summerall Guards.

The unit has performed nationally at Disney World, the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., Mardi Gras in New Orleans and St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, Ga.

In 2005, the Summerall Guards made their fourth appearance at a presidential inaugural parade. The Guards also participated in the inaugurations of Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953, Ronald Reagan in 1985 and George H.W. Bush in 1989. Dwight David Ike Eisenhower, born David Dwight Eisenhower (October 14, 1890 – March 28, 1969) was an American General and politician, who served as the thirty-fourth President of the United States (1953–1961). ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981 – 1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967 – 1975). ... Order: 41st President Vice President: Dan Quayle Term of office: January 20, 1989 – January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican George Herbert Walker Bush, KBE (born...

The Guards also frequently perform on the campus grounds and can be seen free of charge by the public during major events.

External links

  • Official Webpage
  • Citadel's Official Webpage

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The Summerall Guards first began in 1932 under the name Richardson Rifles, a name chosen to honor ex-governor James Richardson II (1840-1842).
The Summerall Guards became the senior platoon, and The Bond Volunteers, became the junior platoon.
The 1960 Summerall Guards, under the leadership of Cadet David St. Clair Goble, was the first known to create a constitution.
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JACKSONVILLE - Broadcaster Pat Summerall was hospitalized in stable condition Friday awaiting a donor organ for a liver transplant.
Kaldor said Summerall's fame or age have nothing to do with his ranking in the transplant system.
In 1992, Summerall was persuaded by friends to enter the Betty Ford Center in California.
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