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Plebe System

All entering cadets at Valley Forge Military Academy & College are called “Plebes” until they complete a period of training known as the Plebe System.

This initial phase encompasses incoming cadet reception, processing, training and the first six weeks of school until Recognition Day. It is a period of adjustment during which an entering cadet learns to place the concept of duty above personal desires.  The Plebe System will test your child mentally, physically and morally. It is demanding. But remember, it is a proven system. Thousands of Valley Forge cadets have succeeded.  Most importantly, know that Valley Forge wants your child to succeed. Plebes who fail to meet all requirements will not be recognized and will remain under the Plebe System after Recognition Day.


The goals of the Plebe System are to: