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battalion
used in The Lords of Discipline

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a large group of soldiers — especially an army unit consisting of a headquarters and at least three companies
  • All through the four battalions, hurt and confused and frightened and exhausted freshmen were thinking similar thoughts.
    Chapter 2.16 (99% in)
  • But in my junior year, the cadets of fourth battalion had surprised both me and the Commandant's Department by selecting me as member of the honor court, a tribunal of twenty-one cadets known for their integrity, sobriety, and honesty.
    Chapter 1.1 (17% in)
  • They'd be walking so many tours on the second battalion quad that they'd have blood blisters where their toes used to be.
    Chapter 1.3 (56% in)
  • In the first month of our plebe year, upperclassmen came from the other three battalions to see Pig, and the cadre would force him to strip off his shirt and stand braced as the obscene, uninvited eyes of upperclassmen examined his already famous physique.
    Chapter 1.4 (51% in)
  • And the administration constantly reminded us that Bentley Durrell had once entered the Gates of Legrand as a freshman, had once marched anonymously in the ranks of plebes, had once slept beneath the arches of second battalion.
    Chapter 1.5 (19% in)
  • That is what the cadets of fourth battalion elected me to do, and I'm going to represent them to the best of my ability.
    Chapter 1.5 (45% in)
  • From what appeared to be a small, well-appointed anteroom, he ushered two cadets into the office: John Alexander, the second battalion commander, and his exec, a spaniel-eyed boy named Wayne Braselton, whose identity was irretrievably fastened to the destiny of the fiercer, more charismatic Alexander.
    Chapter 1.5 (51% in)
  • The members of fourth battalion selected me as their honor representative.
    Chapter 1.5 (73% in)
  • But on Wednesday morning, I entered the E Company area in second battalion to introduce myself to Pearce in my newly appointed role as his lord high protector.
    Chapter 1.8 (17% in)
  • What are you doing in my battalion, McLean?
    Chapter 1.8 (32% in)
  • "Get out of my battalion, McLean," Alexander ordered.
    Chapter 1.8 (36% in)
  • I don't like stool pigeons in my battalion, McLean, and you have no business over here during plebe week.
    Chapter 1.8 (38% in)
  • He'll be treated like every other knob in my battalion," Alexander declared huffily.
    Chapter 1.8 (52% in)
  • Even this furious anonymous cadet had merited a response: Big deal, hero—I'm getting it from Third Battalion Mary every flicking day.
    Chapter 1.10 (26% in)
  • My father was a battalion commander in the class of 1947.
    Chapter 1.12 (44% in)
  • Over the loudspeaker, I heard the voice of Jimmy Bull, the fourth battalion commander, say, "All members of fourth battalion report to your rooms immediately."
    Chapter 1.14 (39% in)
  • Over the loudspeaker, I heard the voice of Jimmy Bull, the fourth battalion commander, say, "All members of fourth battalion report to your rooms immediately."
    Chapter 1.14 (40% in)
  • But though the cadets of fourth battalion would disappear into the shadows, they would not relinquish their roles as spectators, as rabid fans of the new barracks sport of suicide.
    Chapter 1.14 (40% in)
  • He smiled and looked down from the dizzying heights where he stood, this sudden prince of the fourth battalion.
    Chapter 1.14 (54% in)
  • They can transfer you down to first battalion tonight.
    Chapter 1.14 (65% in)
  • But the real sport—and why the supply sergeant loved it so much—was when there was a malfunction in the little parachute and one of them wouldn't open and the hamster would fall all the way, with the whole battalion screaming it down.
    Chapter 1.14 (72% in)
  • It was the beginning of September in 1963 when I entered second battalion and walked up to the cadre of Romeo Company.
    Chapter 2.16 (6% in)
  • The mosquitoes fed deeply and leisurely, as though they had come upon a freshly slaughtered battalion with the blood still warm and fragrant in the quiet veins.
    Chapter 2.16 (38% in)
  • Of the sixty mud-stained plebes who quick-timed back to fourth battalion, ten of us would be leaving the Institute the next morning.
    Chapter 2.16 (41% in)
  • The other three companies in the battalion had already completed their preliminary ceremonies, and their freshmen were already lined up in braced squads on the quadrangle.
    Chapter 2.16 (59% in)
  • There was not a single sound in fourth battalion.
    Chapter 2.16 (60% in)
  • Now, the outside world could not enter fourth battalion to witness the second phase of Hell Night.
    Chapter 2.16 (61% in)
  • From the moment I crawled off the fourth battalion quadrangle, this lean anonymous guerrilla began a fierce and insistent rear guard action against my acceptance of the Institute's scheme of forging men out of boys.
    Chapter 2.17 (1% in)
  • And the laughter of the other upperclassmen grew more shrill and derisive as they came from the other three battalions to witness the frenzied efforts of the R Company cadre to run him out of the Corps.
    Chapter 2.17 (79% in)
  • But at formation the next evening, the second battalion commander and the regimental executive officer walked up behind Bobby Bentley, whispered something to him, and led him out of the barracks in the darkness.
    Chapter 2.17 (97% in)
  • The entire population of fourth battalion was laughingand mocking the R Company cadre.
    Chapter 2.18 (88% in)
  • The last bugle blew and I heard the battalion commander issue the order to commence to the mess hall.
    Chapter 2.18 (99% in)
  • Why don't you transfer down to first battalion?
    Chapter 3.22 (32% in)
  • The battalion was slowing up and the cadets shuffled along the galleries like tired cells in an artery.
    Chapter 3.22 (72% in)
  • Why, you wouldn't be able to open a single door in fourth battalion.
    Chapter 3.25 (71% in)
  • I looked around at the Romeo Company seniors and tried to relate the proud faces to the shivering, aghast initiates who had endured Hell Night on the fourth battalion quadrangle over three years before.
    Chapter 3.26 (24% in)
  • Did you ever hear of that knob Graubart, down in first battalion?
    Chapter 3.26 (93% in)
  • I made it inside the front gate of fourth battalion ten seconds before they locked the gates for the night.
    Chapter 3.29 (96% in)
  • I was part of an early warning system that alerted sleeping seniors in the battalion when the Bear or a tactical officer slipped into the barracks to write up delinquency reports on tardy upperclassmen.
    Chapter 3.30 (8% in)
  • I'll walk around first battalion and cut across the baseball field.
    Chapter 3.30 (81% in)
  • He restricted me to campus for a week and made me walk five tours on the second battalion quadrangle.
    Chapter 4.33 (8% in)
  • "He was the first battalion commander our knob year," Pig remembered.
    Chapter 4.35 (96% in)
  • At that very moment I saw the dead, weary eyes of Poteete looking out over the quadrangle of the fourth battalion on the last night he spent on this earth.
    Chapter 4.36 (71% in)
  • They took Pearce from his room in second battalion on the first Monday in April, on a rainy overcast night with fog lifting off the rivers and the prediction of a cold front moving in from the Midwest.
    Chapter 4.37 (0% in)
  • It's from second battalion, Will.
    Chapter 4.37 (5% in)
  • A few guys were racking his ass for being in the wrong battalion.
    Chapter 4.37 (6% in)
  • One freshman snored loudly, like an engine in need of tuning, and his snoring emphasized the immense stony silence of fourth battalion.
    Chapter 4.37 (71% in)
  • Pearce was asleep in his second battalion room when I found him in the late afternoon.
    Chapter 4.39 (50% in)
  • He had proven that to me by walking into second battalion and into history on that first day of plebe week earlier this year.
    Chapter 4.39 (54% in)
  • A sophomore fellasleep in third battalion while sunbathing and received first-degree burns on his genitals.
    Chapter 4.41 (2% in)
  • The loudspeaker crackled into life, and a voice commanded, "All cadets in fourth battalion will return to their rooms immediately.
    Chapter 4.41 (17% in)
  • All cadets in fourth battalion will return to their rooms immediately.
    Chapter 4.41 (17% in)
  • But I had learned something during my tenure on the court: None of these boys received pleasure from hearing the drummers begin their slow dirge in front of second battalion.
    Chapter 4.41 (35% in)
  • The prosecutor was Jim Rowland from third battalion, an extraordinarily bright and conscientious cadet who had been accepted at Harvard Law School.
    Chapter 4.41 (37% in)
  • "He stole gasoline from a car in the fourth battalion parking lot," Gauldin explained.
    Chapter 4.41 (40% in)
  • Cadet Pignetti was caught in the parking lot of fourth battalion with a gas can and a siphoning hose, unscrewing a gas cap from an automobile.
    Chapter 4.41 (62% in)
  • How could there possibly be embarrassment in fantasyland, in this fourth battalion utopia?
    Chapter 4.41 (65% in)
  • As we sat there, we heard the drummers begin their cold tattoo of banishment on the parade ground, heard its sinister echo as it pulsed along the galleries of the four battalions, as it summoned the regiment for the drumming out.
    Chapter 4.41 (82% in)
  • We walked the length ofthe parade ground to join R Company, passing behind the other three battalions and saying nothing to each other.
    Chapter 4.41 (94% in)
  • I glanced at the clock high atop the parapets of second battalion.
    Chapter 4.41 (95% in)
  • I remember the battalions beginning to move out, the call of cadence, the shape of the dark chapel, the fecund smell of the Corps's trampled grass, the shadows of missiles and tanks, the flag illuminated high above second battalion, above the clock, the pavement, the sound of my footsteps on the pavement; but I do not remember the act of running.
    Chapter 4.41 (95% in)
  • I remember the battalions beginning to move out, the call of cadence, the shape of the dark chapel, the fecund smell of the Corps's trampled grass, the shadows of missiles and tanks, the flag illuminated high above second battalion, above the clock, the pavement, the sound of my footsteps on the pavement; but I do not remember the act of running.
    Chapter 4.41 (96% in)
  • I've checked on Pearce and he's riding high over in second battalion.
    Chapter 4.43 (53% in)
  • The Bear wants to know what's been going on over here in fourth battalion and why you've started to look at me like I was some kind of low-grade dogshit.
    Chapter 4.43 (85% in)
  • It was the Corps's grandest hour, the coming together of the four battalions in a stunningly beautiful and ritualistic dance of two thousand across the parade ground.
    Chapter 4.44 (7% in)
  • I don't know, you fat fucking creep, but I better like the answer," Mark said as we presented arms by order of the Battalion Commander.
    Chapter 4.44 (39% in)
  • We turned again at the opposite end of the parade ground and headed toward fourth battalion, breaking into the Romeo song as soon as we left the grass.
    Chapter 4.44 (79% in)
  • When we reached the parking lot beside fourth battalion, I embraced Mark tenderly and held him for over a minute, the big man limp and inert in my arms.
    Chapter 4.46 (20% in)
  • Freedom was the only thing I had never known, and it was time to walk with abandon, immune from the battalions, answerable only to myself.
    Chapter 4.49 (61% in)

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