Cadet Life

The Full Life of Cadets

Life as a cadet is rich, meaningful and fun. The process of overcoming challenges—whether it’s a difficult exam or an obstacle course—is deeply rewarding, even exhilarating. And facing these challenges together alongside other cadets is how deep, lasting friendships are forged.

The Corps of Cadets

The structure of cadet life is governed by the Corps of Cadets, a the cadet-led system which administers the implementation of rules, traditions and many activities. The Corps follows a military structure, headed by a Commandant of Cadets, and with a Chain of Command through which the delegation of authority descends. This system provides cadets with countless opportunities to experience both leading and following well, in the context of their peers.

Cadet Life

Within the structure of the Corps of Cadets, there are many programs to make cadet life rich and interesting. The Cadet Life Program assists cadets in developing the social and life skills that will help them throughout their lives. The program offers character, religious, social, and physical programs to assist the cadet’s development as a whole person. In addition to their regular academic schedules, cadets have access to numerous clubs, activities, and honor societies, providing further opportunities to develop and pursue personal interests.

Honor Code of Conduct

“A cadet will not lie, cheat, steal, nor tolerate those who do.” The Honor Code of Conduct permeates every aspect of cadet life. The Corps is the guardian of this Honor Code and helps administer its enforcement.

Character Development Program

Each month a different Honor Trait is emphasized: Honesty, Trustworthiness, Respect, Service, Courage, Self-Discipline, Responsibility, Caring and Perseverance. These monthly traits are integrated into the academic disciplines and throughout the cadet company, giving cadets an opportunity to meaningfully engage with these different virtues and encouraging them, in the words of the Cadet Resolution, to “aspire to a life of honorable service.”

Community Service

Academy and College cadets are engaged in a variety of projects and activities at schools, nursing homes, churches, food banks and worksites where they can contribute to the betterment of the community.

Religious Life and Fellowship Groups

In addition to the weekly nondenominational Sunday Chapel service and afternoon Catholic Mass, there are arrangements made for Muslim and Jewish cadets to observe holy days. There are also fellowship groups through the week available for cadets to further their religious education.

Residence Life

Our dedicated staff, faculty, and TAC team (Teach, Advise, Counsel/Coach) is on hand to help with the development of each cadet, assisting with interpersonal communication, life skills and personal growth.

Volunteer Programs

The entire College Corps is involved in acts of community service, ranging from raising funds for wounded veterans to reading stories to grade school children. Join us as make make a meaningful impact on the community.

Learn More

The best way to really understand what life is like in the Academy is to speak with current and former cadets. Contact us today, and we will connect you with cadets who will share with you their personal experience.

Calendar

Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm Eisenhower Hall
 
Dec 14 2018 @ 4:00 pm – Jan 20 2019 @ 6:30 pm
College Winter Leave begins after last exam on Friday, December 14 and ends at 6:30 PM on Sunday, January 20, 2019.
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Mellon Hall
 
Dec 16 @ 10:00 am Alumni Memorial Chapel of St Cornelius the Centurion
Our Chapel service is a blending of the religious, patriotic and military tradition conceived to inspire and motivate.  The Chapel is the centerpiece of our Character Development Program and has a strong influence on our[...]
Dec 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm Valley Forge Military Academy & College (Medenbach Hall)
What is an Instant Decision Day? An Instant Decision Day is a day designated for interested students and their families to visit with the admissions team and receive an instant acceptance or rejection. This event is[...]

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