New leader of Norwich’s Corps of Cadets continues his family’s legacy


Ethan Hagstrom never considered a school such as Norwich, or a military school in general.

He decided to apply because of his family’s background with Norwich. Many of his relatives attended Norwich dating back to the early 1900s.

Everything changed for him the moment he entered Kreitzberg Arena as a freshman in late summer 2015. Now he is continuing his family’s legacy of over 100 years.

When Cadet Master Sgt. Ethan Hagstrom found out that he had been selected to serve as the cadet colonel, the highest rank in Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets, for the 2019-20 academic year, he was surprised. He knew how competitive the selection process can be.

Candidates begin the application process by submitting a cover letter, resume, and any other relevant documents that would assist a board in the evaluation process. Candidates then participate in formal promotion boards where they are required to answer a myriad of questions. Answers to such questions highlights their potential performance as colonel in front of the board members.

Finalists are then interviewed by Brig. Gen. Vanacek and Col. Titus, who select the top three or four cadets. The board then presents the finalist names and packets to President Richard Schneider for final selection. After he interviews each candidate, the President then informs Col. Titus of his highest recommendation.

See original article in The Norwich Guidon


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