Fork Union Military Academy has opened for the 2020-2021 school year with outstanding on-campus education, our rigorous Cadet Leadership Training program, competitive fall sports teams, and an impressive Corps of Cadets composed of new and returning students.
Some of these young men have not been on a school campus since March of this year. We will work with them through some homesickness and adjustment challenges and we will maintain strict COVID-19 prevention and mitigation protocols. Most of our returners and many of the new cadets are already loving it here with great, nutritionally-balanced food, and superb teachers who approach learners not as bystanders, but as active participants, creators, and designers. We have had several new coaches join our staff, including some former professional athletes. Every cadet plays a sport and is on a team or club in some role.
Everyone is busy—there are no easy days at FUMA.
We are a military-styled school, an all-boys school, and a college preparatory school. We have a very diverse student body with young men who come from many different places, a variety of religious backgrounds, with varying cultures, traditions, and personal habits. All of these qualities provide our school with challenges as well as unique opportunities. New friendships are developing, students are building relationships with teachers, athletes are preparing with the guidance and motivation of skilled coaches.
There will be bumps along the way, obstacles to cross over, and conflicts to resolve.
Through it all, we will educate, develop, and inspire these young men in our college preparatory, Christian, military environment...just as we promise in our Academy's Mission Statement.
We will help these young men build character, by guiding them in overcoming adversity. We will help them learn leadership, independence, and confidence, by setting high expectations for each one of them. And we will instill a spirit of responsibility and discipline within them by holding them accountable.
We will help them grow in body, mind, and spirit.
The path has been laid out before us, the journey has begun, and we are prepared—with God's help—to meet the challenges and seize the opportunities.
I am proud of our cadets' families for deciding to send your sons to the Academy and I am so proud them as our cadets. This is no ordinary place...ordinary doesn’t prepare you for the challenges in life. I personally prayed for each cadet by name with our Chaplain and my Chief of Staff on the first day of classes as well as for our faculty, staff, and our entire FUMA family.
God bless you...and Go FUMA!
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy