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September 15, 2023

Weekly Update for September 15, 2023

Each Friday during the 2023-2024 Academic Year, Fork Union Military Academy will send a Friday Update to all parents. Please make sure you read the entire email has this includes important information throughout the school year. These will also be posted on the Parent's Page of under Announcements. 

Day Student Information

The Uniform of the Day: The Uniform of the Day for the entire week starting Monday, September 18 will be your DCU's. Please make sure you bring your PT's and athletic shoes for athletic practice Monday through Friday. 

Class B Inspections: Class B Inspections are required for all Day Students. Please pick a drill day (Monday or Wednesday) to bring your entire Class B Uniform to your TAC for inspection. Class B's will be worn Tuesday's and Thursday's starting in October. 

Mandatory Parades: There are two parades scheduled for the fall. It is mandatory for Day Students to attend all parades. The first parade of the academic year is set for Sunday, October 15 at 1:30 PM. The following weekend, the Parent's Day Parade is scheduled for Friday, October 20 at 2:30 PM.

Cadet Communication is OPEN!

Cadets are able to communicate via email and room phones as of Thursday, September 14. Cadets may receive and place calls during the following hours:

  • Sunday | 1030-1900
  • Monday | 1600-1900
  • Tuesday | 1600-1900
  • Wednesday | 1600-1900
  • Thursday | 1600-1900
  • Friday | 1600-2200
  • Saturday | 1100-2200

Please keep in mind that the internet is only available to cadets on Monday's through Friday's from 4 PM to 10 PM. On Saturday's and Sunday's the internet is only available to cadets from 10 AM to 10 PM. 

We still encourage parents and families to continue to send their cadet letters and packages. The information to send a package can be found below:

How to Send Mail & Packages to Your Son

The best way to stay connected with your son for the next several weeks, believe it or not, is by mail! Please allow the Academy time to set up your son's email and room phones. In the meantime, you can use the addresses below for sending mail and packages to your cadet:

Address for Cadet Mail (Letters, Envelops, Magazines, etc.)

Cadet *First Name* *Last Name*
*Company Name* Company (i.e. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie or Delta)
Fork Union Military Academy
PO Box 278
Fork Union, VA 23055

Address for Cadet Packages

Cadet *First Name* *Last Name*
*Company Name* Company (i.e. Alpha, Bravo, Charlie or Delta)
Fork Union Military Academy
4744 James Madison HWY
Fork Union, VA 23055

First Leave Weekend is Friday, September 29 to October 1

The first leave weekend is set for Friday, September 29 through October 1. Not all cadets are guaranteed approval for leaves. TAC Officers have to approve all Leave Requests through the Orah Parent Portal. If a Leave Request is not submitted, the cadet cannot depart campus. 

Fork Union does not provide FUMA Transportation for Leave Weekends. Parents must find a way to provide their own departures for their cadets. 

If your cadet wants to leave campus with another FUMA cadet, both parents must provide approval by both submitting a Leave Request. 

Orah Parent Portal Information 

Fork Union Military Academy depends on the Orah App for all cadet accountability purposes. Parents must use Orah when requesting their cadet to depart campus for any reason. With the first Leave Weekend of the academic year approaching, please read the detailed information on how to set up your Orah Account below:

Commandant's Department List:  

Below is a list of the main Commandant's Department Staff. The Commandant and Assistant to the Commandant will be on campus throughout most of the business day. The Company TAC Officers will be on campus throughout the majority of mid-afternoon to evenings. 

Deputy CommandantMAJMcDaniel434-842-4234
Assistant CommandantCPTMorgan434-842-4239
Alpha Company TAC OfficerSgtDavis434-842-4381
Bravo Company TAC OfficerCPTHarris434-842-4237
Charlie Company TAC OfficerSFCFaith434-842-4229

Please Start Planning Your Cadet's Thanksgiving Break Leave 

Please note that all cadets need to depart campus on Friday, November 17, 2023 for Thanksgiving Break Leave. This is the first Major Leave of the academic year. Since all cadets must depart campus, the Academy does offer FUMA Transportation from and to campus for Thanksgiving Break. Thanksgiving Break starts on Friday, November 17 at 12:30 PM and ends on Sunday, November 26 at 7 PM. 

Cadets are able to depart campus after 12:30 PM. If your cadet needs to take a FUMA shuttle to an airport, please arrange his travel to allow proper time to arrive at the airport. All FUMA shuttles depart campus at 1:30 PM and it take approximately 1 hour to arrive at an airport. 

All transportation and leave requests for Major Leaves must be done through Orah. If your cadet needs FUMA Transportation, please reach out to Mr. BJ York at . All FUMA Transportation request must be submitted to Mr. York two-weeks in advance. Please have all FUMA Transportation requests for Thanksgiving Break to Mr. York by Nov. 1. 

Do You Want to Schedule Senior/Cadet Portraits?

It's time to schedule your cadet's portraits! We are pleased to be able to recommend Kristin Firewicz Studios to our cadet families. Kristin is a professional photographer contracted by the Academy to take campus photos throughout the year and has been specializing in high school senior photography for over 10 years. Kristin is local to Fork Union and has a studio on campus. For more information regarding booking your cadet's private session, please visit her website for special FUMA rates: Kristin Firewicz Studios.

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Academic Calendar  

Please bookmark the link to our Academic Calendar for the 2023-2024 year. This calendar highlights all the major events on campus for the academic year, including dates of when each term begins and ends, leave weekends, SAT and ACT tests and all holiday breaks.

The easy way to find it on is under Academics - Academic Calendar

Athletic News and Schedules

Please bookmark the link to the FUMA Athletics website. The athletic website will be your home for all game schedules, rosters and news stories. Below you will find direct links to the postgraduate and prep schedules. The junior prep football and Reds football schedules will be released in the next few weeks. 

FUMA Athletics also offers a mobile app! Follow the link to download the FUMA Athletics App for all updates including, news stories, rosters, and schedule changes. The app allows you to receive direct messages on all schedule updates and changes, so please allow push notifications in your settings. 

Live Streaming for Home Athletic Events & Campus Events

Fork Union Military Academy works hard to live stream most events that happen on campus for our parents to view. We stream all home athletic events on the Fork Union Military Academy YouTube Channel. We are also able to stream events that are in the Wicker Chapel and Parades. 

Please subscribe to the Fork Union YouTube Channel to get alerts on when Fork Union Military Academy is live. 

Subscribe to YouTube, here.

Academic Scheduling 

Should you have any questions regarding your son’s class options and graduation plan, please contact their respective academic scheduler: 

Cadet Care Packages

Do you want to do something special to surprise your cadet while at FUMA? Treat him to a birthday surprise, a pick-me-up, or just because treat from the list below.

Ms. Rhonda White, Coordinator of Assessments & Student Records, provides parents with the opportunity to treat their cadet with something special. Choose from the following:

  • Qty of 6 Cupcakes for $10
  • Qty of 12 Cupcakes for $20
  • Qty of 12 Brownies for $10
  • Qty of 12 Chocolate Chip Cookies for $12
  • Medium Size Gift Bag of Treats for $25
  • Large Size Gift Bag of Treats for $40

For more information, please contact Ms. Rhonda White at 

Check out the photos!

You can view photos almost daily of your son throughout the academic year at:

Important Dates to Follow:

Please always check the Academic Calendar for updates on events. Below are a few coming up in the next couple months:

  • Important Dates:
    • Club Rush 2023 | Monday, September 18, 2023
      • Please join us on campus Monday evening for Club Rush! Parents are welcome to join their cadet in visiting campus to learn about all the clubs happening this year. Food trucks will be on campus and available for purchase. 
    • First Leave Weekend | Friday, September 29-Sunday, October 1, 2023
      • All eligible cadets will be able to leave campus for the weekend. Cadets are eligible to depart campus after athletic practice at 4:30 PM on Friday and must return by 7 PM on Sunday. Parents must submit a request through Orah. 
    • SAT Test | October 7, 2023
      • Seniors & postgraduates can take a SAT Prep Class. Please see the information above.
    • The 125th Celebration on Founder's Day Weekend | Friday, October 13-Sunday, October 15, 2023
      • Come join us in celebrating the 125th Birthday of Fork Union Military Academy. A detailed schedule will be announced shortly. 
    • Parents Weekend | Friday, October 20-Monday, October 23, 2023
      • Parents Weekend is designed to allow cadets to depart campus with their families for a three-day weekend. On Friday, the Academy hosts several events for parents to meet their cadet's teachers and see a Parent's Day Parade.
      • Click here for the schedule.
    • SAT Test | November 4, 2023
      • Seniors & postgraduates can take a SAT Prep Class. Please see the information above.
    • Thanksgiving Leave | Friday, November 17-Sunday, November 26
      • Thanksgiving Leave is the first Major Leave of the academic year. All cadets must depart campus for Thanksgiving Leave.