Rats! Those who stand before you are your
cadre. They represent the essence of VMI. They have mastered the system which you are about to enter. A system that will challenge you mentally, physically, and emotionally. Only your instant will and
obedience to this group will ensure your success. They will not give up on you, even after many
of you have given up on yourselves. They provide the best, and demand nothing but the best.
And because of this, you will respect them. If you succeed, you will earn the privilege
of calling yourself a VMI Cadet. They will teach. And you will learn. You will not fail
them. Because you have no choice. Cadre – Post. The Institute will be heard from today! Rats: MEET YOUR CADRE! Cadre – I understand these rats are entrusted
to my care. I will train them to the best of my ability. I will develop them into disciplined,
physically fit, mentally trained cadets. I will demand of them and demonstrate by my
own example. High standards of honor. Morality. Stability. Personal conduct and military
skill. Company Commanders take charge of your companies and carry out the plan of the day.