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 is marching into Wayne for the Veterans Day Memorial.

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On Saturday, most of our Plebes were recognized as Cadets in the 94th Corps of Cadets. These two months of hard work have paid off!

Families (especially little siblings) were happy to be reunited with their Cadets.

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We celebrated the groundbreaking of a new athletic complex this week.

The complex includes a new synthetic turf field and accompanying track and field resources.

“This is only the first step of our strategic plan and vision,” Colonel Helgeson said. “We are grateful for the partnership with Eastern University and are thrilled that we will be able to offer first-class facilities to our cadet-athletes.

“Once this project is completed, we will immediately look to begin phase two of our sports complex upgrades, which will provide VFMAC and the surrounding community with much-needed sports and recreational fields and facilities.”

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Mr Zane Hadzick, a Senior Emergency Management Specialist is speaking this morning to Mr Smallwood's Leadership Class.

He spoke about real world leadership experiences and how to lead yourself to better lead others.

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Mason Beausoleil '21C is attending the University of Mississippi after graduating from VFMC last year. At a recent record setting game he was a part of the excitement as a Cannon Crew member for Army ROTC. Mason is continuing his Criminal Justice studies at UM.

Hotty Toddy and Go Rebs!

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The Chinese Club and part of their VFMAC Family.

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It is a beautiful day for the Radnor Fall Fest. The talent of our Regimental Band is making it even better.

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It's Friday afternoon and the Corps of Cadets is on the Parade Field. They are practicing for our upcoming Founders Day Parade. ...

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VFMA was honored to participate in this weekends Delaware County Veterans Memorial Flag Raising Ceremony.

Photo Credit: Captain Chris Onesti
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Our Regimental Commander, Cadet First Captain Coley Bagwell was presented with General Gustave Perna's sabre.

General Perna, a VFMC Alumnus, is the highest ranking officer ever commissioned by the Early Commissioning Program at any school.

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The Corps of Cadets

The structure of cadet life is governed by the Corps of Cadets, a 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.

Plebe System

To become a recognized member of the Corps of Cadets, one must successfully complete a period of training known as the “Plebe System.” The Plebe System is designed to orient new VFMAC students with our cadet-led community and our customs and traditions. It is a period of adjustment that every cadet who attends Valley Forge undertakes. It is a time honored “rite of passage” that binds all those who attended Valley Forge in a common bond of brotherhood.

This process determines that each has the requisite skills, traits, and attributes to achieve success in all programs at Valley Forge. 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.

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.

Community Service & Volunteer Programs

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

Campus Life

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

Learn More

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

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