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In the fall of 1964, the first African-Americans entered the Corps of Cadets, which was then compulsory for incoming freshmen and sophomores. None of the original five stayed beyond the obligatory two years, but in the ensuing years many African-Americans voluntarily joined the Corps and completed the entire four years; some were commissioned into the armed forces.

Though the early years in the Corps were difficult for African-Americans, they persevered. Many have held administrative positions within the Corps, including the Corps Staff, commanding officers (CO), and distinguished rank in the elite units like the Ross Volunteers (RV).

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