The Summerall Guards are composed of 61 members of the senior
class. Membership in this elite silent-drill team is granted upon
completion of Bond Volunteer Aspirant (BVA) training. Every year
over one hundred members of the junior class commence BVA training.
Training begins in January with a physical fitness (PT) test.
Those who pass the test and who are academically qualified are
granted the right to continue. The actual training last for three
weeks, with the last three days reserved for "cuts"
and "feats" day. During the training, the BVAs learn
how to perform the silent close-order Prussian drill. The BVAs
are also subject to random "fall-outs" where the present
Summerall Guards conduct an exhaustive inspection of the BVA.
The inspection serves as an integrity check to ensure that the
BVAs posses unquestionable military bearing and superb personal
appearance. During training BVAs must perform stationary and rifle,
PT. Stationary PT is composed of military pushups, sit-ups, and
other various exercises to strengthen the BVAs. Stationary PT
serves to strengthen unit integrity, unit cohesion, and team building
dynamics. Rifle PT completes the day's training. Rifle PT serves
to bond the unit and temper each BVA in physical stamina. Upon
completion of training, each BVA must survive Cuts-Day. Cuts-Day
gives each BVA the opportunity to exhibit mastery of the drill.
The BVAs proceed by performing the drill. During this time, the
Summerall Guards scrupulously examine each BVA for their military
bearing, precision of drill, and concentration. Any slight deviation
of drill results in a cut. Those 61 members who survive Cuts-Day
continue training to learn the actual Citadel Series. At this
time, the BVAs compete for feats. Feats consist of tasks designed
to challenge each BVA's physical endurance, concentration, and
military bearing. BVA training is completed when the members of
the present Summerall Guards hand down their rifles to the BVA's
in a military ceremony. This special day is the last time the
Summerall Guards will perform the series, followed by the rifle
exchange. The new Summerall Guards then perform the Citadel Series.