Corps terminology can often be confusing for non-cadets. In order to clarify some of the inside slang, The Battalion has compiled some of the most-used Corps terms:
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.”
CO - Commanding Officer (is also a real military term).
D&C - Drill and Ceremonies Cadets; also known as a cadet not pursuing a career in 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 non-Corps student.
Rack - Bunk or bed.
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.
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.
Whip out - Standardized Corps procedure to introduce oneself.
Information is compiled from the Corps of Cadets’ Cadence.