Eagle, flags, mountains among design elements student committee chose

A brochure by ring maker Jostens reveals 10 key details from the 2021 Corps of Cadets’ class ring.

Five rays, representing the U.S. armed forces’ five branches: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy.

  1. An eclipse, representing a solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, during rook week and noting rookdom’s transformative experience.
  2. The mountains, signifying the peak surmounted by completing rookdom and the first year in the Corps of Cadets.
  3. A bald eagle, representing strength, perseverance, and resilience.
  4. “If not us, then who?” a quote representing the class’s character, drive and heart.
  5. An American flag, representing the Guiding Value of service to nation and others before self. Also, a flag at half-staff, honoring the 58 people who died and the more than 500 wounded in the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.
  6. A howitzer, representing the firing weapon delivering thunder that echoes off the hills surrounding the valley.
  7. Shield, representing a call to safeguard everyone’s rights and well-being.
  8. Ivy, symbolizing the 18 rook training weeks that transformed recruits into cadets.
  9. Bricks, signifying a foundation of integrity, built over time.
  10. Goodyear Gate, through which rooks first passed to reach the Upper Parade Ground.



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