Freshman Recruit Orientation Group (FROG) Week, which ran Aug. 12-18, marked the transition of more than 200 incoming freshmen, including Sompathana Sengsy of Richmond Hill, in the Corps of Cadets from civilians to cadets at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, one of six senior military colleges in the nation.
FROG Week is a tradition dating back to at least the 1960s at UNG. Retired Maj. Richard Neikirk, assistant commandant of cadets at UNG, said about a third of those participating are completely new to the military experience, while the rest have Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) experience.
Neikirk said the training helps incoming cadets learn about time management, academic expectations, room standards, discipline, rappelling, road marching and simply the right and wrong way to do things. He said "we treat them all the same" and see how each cadet develops from there.