Revellie VIII is the latest in a line of Texas A&M Mascots that stretches back to 1931. Her predecessors are buried in a cemetery near the north end zone of Kyle Field, A&M’s massive football stadium. Reveille is the highest-ranking member of the University’s Corps of Cadets, and she has her own cell phone and student I.D. card. A Mascot Corporal —who is required to be with her 24 hours a day, seven days a week— shares a dorm room with her and accompanies her to University sporting events and Corps functions. Reveille’s Mascot Corporal is chosen every year after an arduous two-month tryout.
Sophomore Parker Smith, who is handling the Reveille duties this year, said, “The tryouts are quite the ordeal, but this is a huge honor. She’s obviously a big deal in our outfit. The rules are that I can’t leave her alone for even one minute, so she goes everywhere with me —class, dates, and home for the holidays.”
Cadets are required to address Reveille as “Ma’am,” and tradition holds that if she barks while in a classroom the class must be immediately adjourned.