The Junior Sword Arch

As we are a newly re-designated cadet activity, the Junior Sword Arch is in need of support to elevate the quality of the Parent’s Weekend performance and ensure that future Junior Sword Arch members' experiences are up to the quality that meets The Citadel’s standards. 

The Junior Sword Drill was eliminated as an authorized cadet activity in 1993. RADM Gary Durante, Class of 1980 and member of the 1980 Junior Sword Drill, received permission from the Commandant in 2005 to establish a cadet detail to provide an appropriate observance for the senior class.  This cadet detail, now known as Junior Sword Arch, has preserved much of the sword manual and marching routines formerly associated with Junior Sword Drill, and performed eight performances under Admiral Durante’s oversight.  Much is owed to his vigilance and dedication to guarding the embers of this cadet activity.  He has “retired” from this volunteer position and I have assumed duties as Junior Sword Arch Advisor. 

What does the future hold for the Junior Sword Arch?  In October 2012, the Junior Sword Arch was authorized as an official cadet activity.  Since then, much effort has been devoted to writing a set of Performance Standards, redesigning and adding fidelity to the selection, i.e. cuts, process, and planning the training cycle for the coming year.

Several years ago the college eliminated the full dress sash or “wrap.”  The Junior Sword Arch has now reached a point where there are no longer enough wraps to support the Parent’s Weekend performance, and substitute wraps diminish the military appearance of the cadets.  Thirty new full dress wraps are needed for the sole use of Junior Sword Arch.  The cost for new dress sashes is approximately $2,500.  

Additionally, as part of the effort to better support cadet participants, the Junior Sword Arch is seeking to establish a pool of swords that can be made available to aspiring cadets for summer practice.  The Cadet Store has provided 22 swords that are in need of repair and refurbishment.  The estimated cost for repair and refurbishment of these swords is approximately $1,000. 

The future is bright for the Junior Sword Arch; please consider a gift to support this cadet activity. 

 
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