The Wisconsin Army Cadets is a military career exploration program for young men and women ages 13-20 years old.

Our Mission

The Mission of the Wisconsin Army Cadets is to provide safe, high quality, high adventure military training and career experiences to youth in a structured military-like environment.

Our Vision

The Vision of the Wisconsin Army Cadets is to be the #1 Army oriented Cadet Program in the Midwest known for quality in training, exemplary Cadets, and service to our community.

Our History

The Wisconsin Army Cadets, established in 1992 by COL Brain Blahnik and Mr. Dave Grimm, has more than 25 years of experience in training and teaching the thousands of youth that have come through our program. We are a non-profit organization chartered by Exploring and the Wisconsin Army National Guard, HHC 2/127th Infantry. Approximately 30% of our Cadets join the US Armed Forces, including three appointees to West Point Academy! While we are not a recruiting organization for the US Armed Forces, a Cadet who joins the military will have a tremendous foundation for their military career.

From Recruit to Cadet

Upon joining the program, a Recruit is expected to attend monthly weekend drills. After completing a very challenging four day Basic Cadet Training held annually in October, a Recruit earns the title of Cadet, and the right to wear the modified Army uniform, excel through the ranks and hold leadership roles. During monthly weekend drills Cadets develop self confidence, mental and physical discipline, leadership, teamwork and communication skills in an environment where hard work and accountability are the standard. We strive to live by the Cadet Core Values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity and Personal Courage.

Weekend Drills

Drill weekend begins with first formation mid-day Saturday. Examples of high-speed, hands on training include Field Training Exercises, Water Survival, First Aid & CPR, Squad Tactics, MOUT, Map Reading & Land Navigation, Weapons Familiarization & Qualification and helicopter orientation flights. Training takes place at the WI Army National Guard Armory, 625 Sunset Drive, Plymouth, WI, or at an appropriate offsite location. Cadets sleep overnight at the Armory, rising early Sunday morning for PT, hygiene time and chow. Drill ends with final formation mid-day Sunday.

Come Check Us Out!

Are you between the ages of 13 and 20? Are you ready to be part of a team of youth who work hard together to accomplish a mission? Are you ready to commit to attending drill weekends and special events? If so, we are ready to invest in you! Schedule your visit by emailing our Public Affairs Officer at

The Wisconsin Army Cadets (WIARC) is a non-profit Military Career Exploring program, chartered by the Wisconsin Army National Guard and Exploring. We are not a military recruiting or youth delinquency program, but an independent Nationally Organized Youth Group, closely patterned after the United States Army. While not controlled or funded by the United States government, the US Military does provide support through several means and recognizes the program as a valuable partner in building America's youth.

The Department of Defense has published directives and instructions that direct the Armed Forces to support, to the extent as may be possible, Nationally Organized Youth Groups. Each branch of the Armed Forces and the Coast Guard are guided by these policies, and in turn, each has issued regulations which provide local Commanders with guidance and the necessary authority to provide such support. This support varies from service-to-service, and may include: shipboard cruises, orientation flights, training aids and manuals, permissive no-cost orders for active military personnel participating in cadet activities, and in most cases, facility utilization for training. This guidance and authority is published in the following:

    • U.S. Navy in OPNAVINST 5760.5B

    • U.S. Marine Corps in SECNAVINST 5720.44A

    • U.S. Army in Army Regulations 360-61, 210-1, 28-19 and 725-1

    • U.S. Air Force in AF Regulation 190-1, Public Affairs

    • U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs Manual, COMDTINST M5728.2A