Requirements for joining
The program is open to all qualifying young men and women ages 13-20 years old who pass a screening interview. Parents can also get involved as a volunteer assisting with various minor tasks throughout the year.
How the program works
Cadets usually meet once a month for a "drill" meeting. Cadets wear the military ACU's at these drills. Drills are usually conducted for a whole day or weekend, and include instructional courses, physical training or sports, social activities, and much more. The Cadets are given leadership opportunities where much of the program is run by the Cadets.
The cost to join the program includes the following; registration and enrollment fee, liability insurance, supplemental accident insurance, uniform, physical fitness uniform, program materials, meals, housing, transportation from armory to events, trainers. In the second year the program fee drops significantly if Cadets participate in required community events. Final costs are explained when you meet with Civilian Instructor Verhagen.
Cadets benefit in many ways. Should they choose a military career they will have already built a solid foundation of knowledge and expertise. In addition, youth are presented with many opportunities for recognition as well as travel and training throughout the country.