TAC Officer

Former active-duty military officers assigned as adult supervision to monitor the barracks. Abbreviation of “tactical officer.”

The Citadel

In 1910, the South Carolina General Assembly accepted the Board of Visitors’ recommendation to change the name of the college from the Citadel Academy to The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. The article “the” became a formal part of the college name and should always be capitalized, even when the college name is used as an adjective.

Established in 1842, The Citadel is one of six senior military colleges in the United States.

The parents learned that The Citadel’s faculty boasts professors of distinction who have published articles in academic journals worldwide.

the Honors Program

A specially designed educational experience for cadets with a superior record of academic achievement and a sense of intellectual adventure.

the Sphinx

The college yearbook. Some editions of the yearbook were spelled “Sphynx.”


Only capitalized when it precedes a person’s name and becomes part of that person’s title.

Governor Nikki Haley thanked The Citadel for its support.

Joseph P. Riley, Jr., the former mayor of Charleston, accepted the newly-created chair in his name.