VMI rats getting ready to become cadets

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LEXINGTON (WSLS 10) - Virginia Military Institute freshmen, who are referred to as rats, are one step closer to officially becoming cadets.

450 VMI rats recently finished a 20 mile march and other activities within the post.

The next step is an all day event known as the 'rat breakout,' which requires freshmen to complete in physical and team exercises.

"They've been engaged in a series of events since they got here in August and the 20 mile march is one of the culminating events and we're narrowing down the culminating events now," says Stewart MacInnis, VMI.