Command Sgt. Maj. Sylvan Bauer knows everything there is to know about how to properly do a push up. He can tell you where you should place your legs, which hand positions are acceptable, and how to spot someone trying to get away with a less-than-perfect dip.
Lt. Col. Jeffrey Weart, director of The Citadel's Krause Leadership Initiative, says Bauer is "Hooah." That's an Army term that means motivated, energized, pumped, or just about anything you want it to mean.
Bauer taught cadet leaders to give the physical fitness test that all cadets must pass. First he taught them to recognize an acceptable push-up and sit-up. Then he took them out to Wilson Field and had them practice testing each other. Finally, the cadets had to pass a written test to certify that they understand how to properly administer the test.
"You're the cream of the crop," he told the cadet leaders. Other cadets will suffer consequences if they fail because their test is scored it incorrectly.
Friday morning, cadet leaders will give the test to members of the cadre.
The cadre, the second wave of Citadel leaders, is a group of about 200 students. Under the supervision of the top cadets, the cadre will lead the freshmen, know as "knobs" through what is sometimes called "Hell Week."
That's the week before classes begin. Knobs receive extremely short haircuts, learn how to stand, walk and salute.
And the cadre pushes them through a grueling military training program.
Citadel leaders know that the school's stressful physical and academic programs can be too much for some students. And college-age students have a host of other issues going on in their lives.
So, a group of students called the Human Affairs Team is trained to help students with problems such as alcohol and drugs, sexual harassment and assault, and family or relationship issues.
In a training session Thursday, members of the team discussed incidents that have been reported on campus and how to appropriately handle them.
Col. Greg Stone, commandant of cadets, says the school turns over some important responsibilities to certain students in the Corps of Cadets. So, it's responsible for giving them the tools to properly handle them.
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