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Military School

Military school has the well-deserved reputation of instilling discipline in its cadets and many choose military school because they enjoy the structure and order of military life.

Not all of those attend military school end up in the military. Some consider a BS gained at military school to be a perfect springboard for other careers. Many employers are impressed by applicants who have attended military school, and they  believe that military school graduates are the kind of employees that can be depended upon to come through on tough assignments and to show loyalty.

West Point, one of the most prestigious military schools in the US, has a four-step system through which its cadets are educated.

Many other military schools follow this model which includes:

  • Intellectual Education
  • Physical Development
  • Military Training
  • Moral-Ethical Instruction

This system creates graduates who are able to handle the world of work as well as life in battle.

The academic portion of coursework at military school is like the academic work at other schools. The cadets take courses in mathematics, history, Arts and Sciences.

Upon graduation, the cadets are awarded with a BS, a Bachelor of Science, and there is usually plenty of time left to complete homework assignments after military and physical education classes are over. Many students at military school feel that the physical activity makes them feel more focused on their academic work.

Every cadet is required to engage in some type of intramural sport to develop the body and to give one a sense of the kind of teamwork that is required in military life. The type of sport one decides to pursue is optional, and many military schools have the facilities to accommodate runners, swimmers, baseball and football players.

These sports often involve competition with other teams, or many activities and games are confined to school grounds. Training usually occurs on a daily basis and involves the same kind of discipline required in other aspects of military school.

Military training begins with basic training in the first year, as every cadet undergoes a rigorous schedule of military exercises that build stamina and quicken decision-making processes. Many basic martial skills are learned in basic training and are developed in later years.

Cadet field training is the next step taken after basic training, and it is in this course that cadets learn skills and tactics through in-depth and practical training. The 3rd and 4th summers are dedicated to work in active army units where the cadet will get hands-on experience in working in the army.

The cadet also has the option to spend a summer with airborne and air assault units, if this is an area of interest. All cadets learn military science and basic tactics that will help sharpen the ability to act in wartime situations.

All cadets at military school take ethics courses and learn the rules of war. They are also taught principles and an ethical code that encourages moral and honorable behavior among cadets.

Military school graduates are known for their ethics, loyalty and trustworthiness, and many of these qualities that are native to those who choose to attend military school are developed through ethics courses.

Military school may not be for everyone, but everyone who attends can certainly benefit. It is worthwhile to apply to several military schools as well as visiting the campus before making your decision.

Military school, unlike traditional universities, is not a place you can hide from by staying in a corner of the library, but facilities and staff are very important aspects of the life at military schools. Therefore, it is even more essential at military school than in other schools that a cadet will be comfortable with his or her environment.

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