With a new school year upon us, the Cadets and Military Cadre of Benedictine have one goal in mind: a sound and disciplined corps. With this goal in mind, Captain Long has implemented strict demerit count as well as an accountable penalty tour list.
A noticeable shift in the demeanor of the corps can be spotted as seniors walk the halls with shaven faces and freshman rush to class in the right uniforms.
"I think the crackdown on demerits will help the school's culture and increase the rigor in the military department," said senior Major and Battalion Operations Officer Patrick White.
New additions to the cadre include Captain Long, who recently came home from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan with the Marines. Long was appointed as new Commandant shortly before the start of the school year. Sergeant Major Stockhausen is a new face to the military program and, with 31 years of service, in the Army, he is sure to bolster the ranks.
There is a familiar face in the corps in Master Chief Tobias, who retired with over 20 years in the Navy. Returning students will be accustomed to his presence. Stockhausen and Tobias each earned the highest enlisted rank in his respective service.
With a much more accountable system of tracking demerits this year, and with Major Mathew Sylvia booking in all demerits, we will surely see a more rigorous and disciplined program. Senior officers are cracking down on underclassman and holding them to a high standard.
Having an accountable demerit system is recommended, but if there are no consequences following the demerits then there is no motivation to keep a student's demerit countdown. Thus, the Military Cadre have been handing out penalty tours often and a shift in demeanor and culture of the Cadets has changed.