WEST POINT – Cadet Lauren Drysdale of Irvine, Calif., has been selected First Captain of the U.S. Military Academy’s Corps of Cadets for the 2022-2023 academic year, achieving the highest position in the cadet chain of command. She assumed her duties on Aug. 8.
Most recently, Drysdale, a business management major, served as the cadet basic training regimental command sergeant major. She was instrumental in transforming the new cadets of the class of 2026 during their cadet basic training. On August 13, during Acceptance Day, those new cadets will join the Corps of Cadets.
As First Captain, Drysdale is responsible for the overall performance of the approximately 4,400 member Corps of Cadets. Her duties also include implementing a class agenda and acting as a liaison between the Corps and the administration.
“When an individual has the drive and willingness to achieve excellence, go the extra mile, adhere to the standards, and stay focused on the collective goal, which is service to our nation, the stronger the Corps will be.” Drysdale said. “I hope to inspire the Corps to continue to commit themselves to the values of excellence, help those around them to do the same, and never quit in that pursuit.” When asked what it means to be named First Captain Drysdale said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to those who had a hand in shaping the leader and person I am today.”
Drysdale’s cadetship includes a variety of accomplishments and activities such as receiving the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence for being in the top five percent of the class academically, militarily, and physically, distinguished cadet award, captain of the Women’s Soccer Team, Patriot League All-American Honor Roll, Patriot League All-Tournament Team, and First Team All-Patriot League.