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What to Expect at Military School

By: David Bolthouse | 0 Comments

Preparing for Military School?

If you’re looking for an educational opportunity, for yourself or for your child, that will provide adequate preparation for post-education employment as well as instill the values that are essential for success in life, it’s worth considering military school.

Military schools are typically private preparatory schools modeled on the U.S. military colleges, such as West Point (Army) or Annapolis (Navy). For the student who desires the structure inherent in a military prep school, to prepare for a possible military career, this is an excellent choice.

Needless to say, this is also a good choice for the student who needs the structure and discipline not found in normal public or private schools.

In making the determination of whether or not military schooling is the right choice, it helps to know what to expect once enrolled from a military education. Military academies are highly selective. They will only accept students who are motivated to enroll, and who are willing to comply with the strict rules under which they operate. Unlike regular schools, that will often make allowances for those who have problems adhering to rigorous codes of behavior, these schools typically expel those who violate the rules – even in some cases, minor violations.

Core Values Taught

Military schooling is values-based. Understanding the core values that are central to military education gives the potential student a good idea what to expect.

Respect: Students are expected not only to automatically, and without question, show respect to superiors, but to fellow students. Respect for the rights, property, and time of others is essential to success in life as well as academic endeavors.

Discipline: While students in all schools are expected to operate in a disciplined manner, in military schools, this is a given. The emphasis, too, is on self-discipline in addition to learning to discipline others – a key requirement for future leaders.

Accountability: In military schools, as in the military services, one is held accountable for personal actions. Students learn to accept responsibility for their acts, and to hold others accountable.

Solidarity: Military organizations function well when every member of the unit functions as part of a unified community. The grouping of students in platoons and other units during schooling helps to reinforce this sense of belonging to a larger entity, where everyone, in addition to being responsible for himself or herself, is taught to help bring others along to benefit the entire organization.

Leadership: Students in military schools are encouraged – in fact, required – to step up when needed to get the job done. They are taught to assume leadership rather than focus merely on individual achievement.

Excellence is Expected

In a military school, all students are expected to seek opportunities for leadership and excellence in performance. There won’t be the jocks and geeks type of social organization found in non-military schools. Students will be expected to learn self-control, time management, and discipline. Each student, not just the brightest, will be expected to work to achieve high academic marks, improve physical fitness, and exercise leadership. Unlike public school, where a student who manages to achieve passing grades can expect to be left alone, in a military school, every student is expected to be ‘up front’ at several points during the academic period.

There is also a lot of emphasis on moral-ethical training, integrity, and spiritual development, and teamwork. Loners who find it impossible to work well in groups will quickly fall by the wayside.

Contrary to the image of some popular movies, where trouble makers are sent off to military school to be rehabilitated, military schools are not designed to change severely disruptive, unruly, or violent behavior. Only those students who are willing to accept the discipline and structure of military school are accepted, and will benefit from this excellent education. Students unwilling to engage in vigorous physical activity along with academic work aren’t good candidates for this schooling.

The purpose of military schooling is to develop a self-confident leader and an ethically responsible citizen, devoted to continuous self-improvement, not just individually, but as part of a team.

Set of Standards

Cadets in a military school are expected to adhere to a set of standards, values, and behaviors that promote discipline, character development, leadership skills, and academic excellence. These expectations are designed to prepare cadets for future military service, leadership roles, and successful civilian careers. While specific rules and regulations may vary between institutions, here are some common expectations for cadets in a military school:

  • Respect for Authority: Cadets are expected to show respect for their superiors, instructors, and fellow cadets. They should follow orders promptly and without question.
  • Uniform and Grooming Standards: Cadets are required to maintain high standards of personal appearance and wear uniforms as prescribed by the school. Uniforms should be clean, well-fitted, and worn correctly at all times.
  • Academic Excellence: Cadets are expected to excel academically and maintain good grades. They should attend classes regularly, complete assignments on time, and seek help when needed.
  • Physical Fitness: Physical fitness is a key component of military school life. Cadets are expected to participate in physical training, maintain good physical health, and pass fitness tests.
  • Leadership Development: Military schools focus on developing leadership skills. Cadets may be assigned leadership roles within the school or in their cadet units and are expected to lead by example.
  • Discipline: Discipline is a core principle of military schools. Cadets must adhere to a strict code of conduct, which includes punctuality, self-control, and responsible behavior.
  • Teamwork: Cadets often work closely with their peers in various activities. They are expected to collaborate, communicate effectively, and support one another.
  • Honor and Integrity: Honesty and integrity are highly valued. Cadets are expected to be truthful, avoid cheating or plagiarism, and report any breaches of honor.
  • Citizenship and Community Service: Cadets are encouraged to engage in community service and contribute positively to their school and local communities.
  • Time Management: Balancing academics, military training, extracurricular activities, and personal time requires effective time management skills. Cadets are expected to manage their time wisely.
  • Adherence to Rules and Regulations: Military schools have specific rules and regulations that cadets must follow. These may relate to conduct, appearance, and safety.
  • Accountability: Cadets are responsible for their actions and decisions. They must take ownership of their successes and failures.
  • Resilience and Adaptability: Cadets are often exposed to challenging situations and are expected to demonstrate resilience, adaptability, and a positive attitude in the face of adversity.
  • Communication Skills: Effective communication, both written and verbal, is essential. Cadets are expected to express themselves clearly and professionally.
  • Goal Setting: Cadets are encouraged to set and work toward personal and academic goals. They may receive guidance and mentorship in this process.
  • Conflict Resolution: Cadets should learn how to resolve conflicts through appropriate channels and without resorting to aggression or insubordination.
  • Patriotism and Service: A sense of patriotism and a commitment to serving one’s country are often instilled in cadets.
  • Safety: Cadets are expected to follow safety protocols and report any safety concerns promptly.

Expectations for cadets may vary based on the specific military school, its mission, and the branch of the military it is affiliated with. However, the overarching goal is to develop responsible, disciplined, and well-rounded individuals who can succeed in various aspects of life.