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.

Its Recognition Day! They will not be plebes much longer. ...

The Academy Admissions Team was treated to some awesome cookies by a parent who is back for Recognition Weekend. ...

Dave Combs, VFMC class of '65 speaking to Col Helgeson. Vietnam era Marine Capt... in town for USMC Basic School class 5-67 reunion in Philly (with classmates). First time back since he graduated! ...

On National POW/MIA Recognition Day, we remember the sacrifices and service of those who were prisoners of war and those who are missing in action – may they never be forgotten! ...

Our Academy leadership class is volunteering at the Freedom Foundation's Medal of Honor Grove this morning. They are helping to prevent erosion with some good manual labor. ...

Happy Birthday to the @usairforce - thank you for your service! ...

ROTC cadets conduct the new OPAT Interval Aerobic Run . ...

ROTC cadets are participating in the OPAT(Occupational Physical Assessment Test) this morning in the new Cadet Performance Center. ...

Oh no Plebes in the Boodle! Plebes who completed the Crucible today are treated to a warriors dinner of fried food and soda for third mess. ...

The Regimental Commander helps to increase the difficulty of the Obstacle Course. ...

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.

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 & 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.

Religious Life and Fellowship Groups

In addition to the 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 throughout the week available for cadets to further their religious education.

Residence 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.