Corps Vocabulary

Twenty-seven terms to know

Corps terminology can be confusing for non-regs, or students outside of the corps. In order to clarify some of the inside slang, The Battalion has compiled some of the most-used corps terms.

The Cadence, originally authored by Tom Gillis, Class of 1942, is one of the first items given to a fish at the beginning of their time in the Corps of Cadets. It contains information on cadet life, traditions and commonly-used terms.   Photo by Meredith Seaver.

The Cadence, originally authored by Tom Gillis, Class of 1942, is one of the first items given to a fish at the beginning of their time in the Corps of Cadets. It contains information on cadet life, traditions and commonly-used terms. Photo by Meredith Seaver.

Bag-in - Privilege to sleep through morning formation.

BQ - Member of the Aggie Band.

Brass - Metal buttons, buckles and insignia worn on the uniform.

Bulls - Military officers on the Commandant’s staff or assigned to ROTC duty

Chow - all meals

Cable - Thread sticking out of uniform.

Campusology - A question about traditions, history, facts, etc. Also referred to as “Campos” for a shortened version

CO - Commanding Officer. (is also a real military term)

Contract - Advanced courses of Military Science, Naval Science, or Aerospace Studies in which the Cadet is under contract with a military service to pursue an officer’s commission. One a cadet signs a contract into the military, contracted cadets take junior and senior level courses.

D&C- Drill and Ceremonies Cadets; also known as a cadet not pursuing the military after college

CT - Member of the Corps of Cadets (who is not in the Aggie Band).

Elephant - A senior (permitted for use only by other seniors). Freshman, sophomores and juniors are not allowed to say the word “elephant.”

Good Bull - A phrase used to describe anything that embraces or promotes the Aggie Spirit or the traditions of Texas A&M. It is also used to signify approval of virtually anything.

Groad - Oxidation build up on cadet brass. Also used as an adjective to characterize unacceptable appearance, activity or materials.

Hole - Cadet dormitory room.

Non-Reg - A term used to describe a civilian undergraduate or graduate

Ol’ Lady - A cadet’s roommate.

Pisshead - A sophomore cadet (permitted for use only by upperclassmen).

Privilege - A prerogative merited by virtue of rank or class, used with discretion.

PT - Physical Training. Cadets usually attend PT in the morning.

Rack - Bunk or bed.

Rams - Demerits.

Re-bag - To go back to bed after formation.

Rest! - Be Quiet!

RV - Ross Volunteer

Sergebutt - A junior cadet, referring to the Ol’ Army NCO cadet privilege of wearing uniforms made from serge material (permitted for use only by other juniors and seniors). It is often shortened to “butt.”

Trigon - The Military Science Building. Is an actual building, not just an area.

Whip out - Standardized Corps procedure to introduce oneself.

Information is compiled from the Corps of Cadets’ Cadence.