TAC Officers (Teach Advise Counsel)
The Tactical Department is commanded by the Commandant of Cadets and organized to supervise the Corps of Cadets as an organization and each cadet as an individual. The Commandant of Cadets is specifically charged with the reception, equipping, character and general wellbeing of the Corps and of its discipline, social training, housing, close order drill instruction, ceremonies, internal security and organization. The Commandant of Cadets is assisted by a Deputy Commandant of Cadets for Logistics and by Tactical Officers (TACs), one assigned to each company, whose responsibility is the actual operation, training, discipline and overall supervision of the cadets assigned to his organization. Each Tactical Officer has their office in the quarters occupied by their organization and is available to cadets at all times. Each cadet should discuss their problems with the Tactical Officer first. Most of them can be solved in the TAC’s office. The remainder, which of necessity may require action by other Departments, should also be discussed first with the Tactical Officer because they equipped to give you every deserved help and advice.
The VFMAC Health Center is a 12-bed infirmary located in Rose Hall on the Valley Forge Campus. There is a 26-bed isolation unit located on the second floor of Rose Hall. Our medical team consists of our medical director/school physician who will see cadets daily by appointment, 2 full time R.N.s, 2 pool R.N.s, 1 medical assistant and driver. The Health Center is open from 6 am to 10 pm, daily. However, should overnight care be needed, staff is available for overnight support. Medical care is provided 7 days a week to all Cadets. The Health Center works collaboratively with all departments on campus and within the community to provide personalized care to each Cadet.
We encourage all Cadets to remain in class and provide an “open sick call” after class for anyone who wishes to be seen. Nurses will provide the parent/guardian with updates should there be an admission in to the Health Center, hospital transport, or any issue of concern.
All Academy Cadet medication is stored in the Health Center and dispensed by the nurses throughout the day at assigned times. The Health Center staff provide mandated school screenings, vaccinations, blood work (our lab is State Certified), wellness, urgent care and ongoing case management. The Health Center staff will assist with insurance coverage, appointment scheduling and transporting to local appointments. Parents may assist with transportation; however, we ask that arrangements are made in advance with the Health Center.
Our goal is to provide exceptional care so that each cadet may participate to their maximum potential in the “Cadet Experience”. It is also our goal to work collaboratively with parents to develop a trusting relationship while providing “peace of mind”.
Education is more than just going to classes and studying from textbooks. We should derive something of value from each experience in life. You will find many co-curricular activities at Valley Forge. From them you are free to select those that most interest you or those which you feel will help you develop your abilities along many lines. Cadet activities are based off the current needs of our Corps of Cadets but offerings include: Rifle Club, Drill Team, Power Lifting, E Sports and competitive intramurals. The Director of Cadet Activities will also organize both on and off campus events. Examples of these are river tubing, fright fest events, paintball, baseball games and amusement parks. Cadet Activities will also have a facility schedule showing open times for use of the campus weight rooms, basketball gym, swimming pool and mall shuttle.
3.1.7 – HAZING AND BULLYING: PER PENNSYLVANIA STATE LAW:
[P.S.] § 5353. Hazing prohibited. Any person who causes or participates in hazing commits a misdemeanor of the third degree.
[P.S.] § 5354. Enforcement by institution. (A) ANTIHAZING POLICY—Each institution shall adopt a written anti-hazing policy and, pursuant to that policy, shall adopt rules prohibiting students or other persons associated with any organization operating under the sanction of or recognized as an organization by the institution from engaging in any activity which can be described as hazing.
- Hazing is not tolerated under any circumstances. Abuses in the name of “school tradition” are not tolerated at Valley Forge. Violation of this rule can result in dismissal.
- Hazing is any unauthorized assumption of authority by a cadet that causes another cadet to suffer any cruelty, indignity, humiliation, oppression, or the devastation or abridgment of any right.
- Hazing is not limited to physical contact or activity. Hazing may occur in the form of forcing unauthorized and excessive physical activity, verbal abuse, or mental harassment.
- Bullying: “A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.” This definition includes three important components:
- Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior that is intentional.
- It involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.
- The behavior is often repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.
- The following are examples of Hazing and / or Bullying:
- Physical: Some examples of this are punching, pulling, twisting, or restraining a cadet; hitting a cadet with an object; slapping; rapping a cadet on the head with a ring; forcing a cadet to drink a mixture not suitable for drinking; forcing a cadet to eat food not suitable for eating; pushing rank pins into chest or shoulders; and any other actions that cause humiliation, discomfort or possible injury.
- Verbal: No cadet has the authority to address another cadet in a degrading or demeaning manner. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of profanity or vulgar language; written or verbal comments about a cadet’s family members, religion, race, or ethnic heritage, threats, and derogatory comments directed at another cadet.
- Mental: This includes, but is not limited to: threatening a cadet with physical harm, threatening a cadet through the Honor System, or placing a cadet in embarrassing or humiliating situations that violate personal dignity and show lack of respect for the individual.
- Violation of the Hazing and Bullying Policy may also concurrently be a violation of the nondiscrimination or harassment policies. Cadets should always conduct themselves in a professional manner and demonstrate positive leadership traits and consideration for others. Any cadet who observes or suspects any type of hazing or abuse will take immediate action to stop the hazing or abuse and report the abuse to his or her TAC Officer.
- May Result in Legal Action.