Who We Are


The Wisconsin Army Cadets (WIARC) is a chartered organization of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and of the Exploring Division of the Bay-Lakes Council, BSA. We are not a military recruiting or delinquency program. We are a non-profit organization. The WIARC supports youth in the development skills of leadership, cooperation, and field training while striving for the core values of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.

The Mission and the purpose

To provide high quality, high adventure military training & career experiences to youth. Cadets will have the opportunity to build self-esteem, self confidence, mental and physical discipline, team spirit, and responsibility. Solid American values and morals are built as Cadets become more mature through the program. Cadets are given the opportunity for self-paced advancement throughout their time in the program.

What we do

Wisconsin Army Cadets - Fox Valley participate in numerous opportunities and experiences including: hands-on training, military science excursion, day long training events and more. From military science courses on night vision, the M-16 rifle, field training exercises, and helicopter orientation flights. The activities are exciting, adventurous and educational.

The program and the U.S. Government

The Cadets is an independent, Nationally Organized Youth Group (NOYG), closely patterned after the United States Army, but not controlled or funded by the United States government. The Cadets is a not for profit organization sponsored by the Wisconsin Army National Guard and Learning for Life program. The United States Military provides support through several means and recognizes the program as a valuable partner in building America's youth.


The Department of Defenses 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


Wisconsin Army Cadets is chartered by the Wisconsin Army National Guard, and Exploring/Learning For Life.


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