DAHLONEGA, GA (01/30/2020)– From Jan. 7-11, nearly 60 freshmen cadets completed Freshman Recruit Orientation Group (FROG) Week, the introduction to Corps of Cadets life at UNG through physical challenges, team-building exercises and information sessions.
Students completing the training and orientation week included the following local students:
Austin Seidel of Loganville
Caleb Stuckey of Loganville
Christopher Yarman of Monroe
Like all other Corps events, cadets plan and lead FROG Week under the supervision of the commandant staff.
“The cadet staff and leadership focused every day on improving FROG Week,” said retired Army Col. Joseph Matthews, UNG commandant of cadets. “The detailed planning leading up to the training as well as nightly after-action reviews of the training combined for a very professional and safe week for the incoming cadets.”
Headquarters Company led this semester’s FROG Week.
“You have to make sure they’re grounded and ready to be successful,” said Josh Edwards, executive officer for Headquarters Company and a senior from Columbus, Georgia, pursuing a political science degree. “You’ve got to love what you’re doing. You have to want to make good cadets.”
Cadet 1st Sgt. Charles Paschal, a senior from Roswell, Georgia, pursuing a degree in criminal justice, said FROG Week is one of his favorite events at UNG and marks “a transition into a new world” for the new cadets.
While the freshmen adjusted to the intensity and other challenges, the cadet leadership was busy ensuring all the logistics were in place. About 150 cadets returned to school a week early to make FROG Week a success.
“We’ve all seen it so many times, it seems like clockwork. But it’s a lot of work,” Paschal said. “It is the first impression these freshmen are going to have of UNG and the Corps of Cadets. It’s important that it’s a positive experience.”
Positioned in the fastest-growing region of the state, the University of North Georgia comprises five campuses united by a single mission focused on academic excellence and academic and co-curricular programs that develop students into leaders for a diverse and global society. The University of North Georgia is a University System of Georgia leadership institution and is The Military College of Georgia. With more than 20,000 students, the University of North Georgia is one of the state’s largest public universities. The university offers more than 100 programs of study ranging from certificate and associate degrees to professional doctoral programs.