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UNG finishes Freshman Recruit Orientation Group Week
Top Cadet Blake Schaper addresses FROGs prior to the start of the intensive six-day training at the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus. FROG Week, when the group learns how to rely on each other and work together as a team, is the recruits’ transition from civilian student to military cadet.

Some 260 new cadets successfully finished Freshman Recruit Orientation Group Week, held Aug. 13-18 at the University of North Georgia’s Dahlonega campus, increasing the strength of the university’s Corps of Cadets to a record-setting 813 cadets.

The intensive six-day training is held before classes begin for the fall and spring semesters to help new recruits, who are called FROGs, learn the customs and traditions of the school and military life. Instruction includes drill and ceremony, physical training, team-building exercises and military rules and regulations. FROG Week culminates with the traditional Crown Mountain run, a 3.1-mile run to the highest point in Dahlonega.

The university is designated by the Department of Defense as one of six senior military colleges in the nation and has been designated as The Military College of Georgia by the Georgia General Assembly. The university’s merger last year doesn’t affect that status. The university has been providing military instruction since its creation in 1873, and FROG Week has been going on at the school for some 50 years.

Upon graduation, most members of the university’s Corps of Cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army or Georgia National Guard. Alumni of UNG’s Corps of Cadets include nearly 50 generals, including seven who are currently serving in the military.

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