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Cadets' parade to honor 20 Years of Women at The Citadel

In 1996, 20 years ago, four women made history when they joined the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

In large part, because of the courage and tenacity of these pioneers and those who followed, the college's culture evolved to become one where diversity is embraced and strategically supported.

Coming out of Daniel Library, you see cadets walking to their next class, heading to their barracks, or grabbing a bite to eat from the mess hall.

But Friday, you’ll see them march to the beat of a different drum.

“It’s inspiring to be able to lead such a group of individuals," said Hunter Crawley.

She’s the first woman to hold the position of Regiment Drum Major.

“The Regiment Drum Major is basically the leader on and off the field,” she said.

The Spartanburg native has dreams of attending medical school.

“I hope to serve as physician in the Air Force,” she said.

She has plenty of support from women right there on campus.

“The opportunities for women are endless everywhere,” said LTC Pamela Barton.

Barton joined the United States Army in 1975, a time where there was no academy or ROTC for women.

She began working at the Citadel in 1999, retired from the Army in 2003, and is a constant reminder to women today that anything is possible.

The Citadel will honor 20 years of Women on Friday, March 10 with a parade at 3:45 p.m. on Summerall Field. The parade is free and open to the public.

*Note: Women have attended The Citadel Graduate College since it was formed in the mid-1960s.

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