Fork Union, VA (PRWEB) September 01, 2014
Fork Union Military Academy this week announced the selection of sixty-one officers and non-commissioned officers chosen to lead the Corps of Cadets of the upper school at the military-style college preparatory boarding school located in central Virginia.
The students selected to serve as officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) in this historic boys-only high school program reflect the global diversity of the school's student body. They come from a dozen different states including California, Florida, and New York, as well as several foreign countries including Belgium, China, Bulgaria, Russia, and South Korea.
The Corps of Cadets is student-run, with adult supervision. Cadets are organized into squads of a handful of boys, led by a squad leader. Those squads join together with others to form a platoon of twenty or thirty cadets, with a platoon sergeant and a cadet officer assigned as platoon leader. Those platoons join with others to form a company with perhaps seventy to one hundred cadets led by a company commander, usually supported by an executive officer and a first sergeant. The companies join together to form the battalion, with a battalion commander and his staff of officers and non-commissioned officers overseeing the entire Corps of Cadets.
This leadership structure oversees the daily activities of students, seeing to it that daily chores are carried out, discipline is maintained, esprit de corps is built, and each student is surrounded by a positive atmosphere of achievement and accomplishment. This is not just some role-playing game with students pretending to be leaders. Cadet leaders get real-world experience in team building, leading by example, the use of discretion in dealing with disciplinary issues, and motivating others. This is the kind of practical experience that builds the skills and confidence needed to succeed in a competitive world.
For more than a hundred years, students have graduated from Fork Union Military Academy with more formal training and practical experience in leadership than most people will receive in a lifetime. This focus on leadership development is one key area that sets this boarding school apart from other schools in the nation. While a handful of students in another school might participate in some type of student government or campaign in a popularity contest for class president, the Corps of Cadets at Fork Union Military Academy offers dozens of students each year the opportunity to practice genuine leadership among their peers in roles with real responsibility.