Time on deck is 0815.
We start the day with all hands on deck cleaning their rooms, common spaces, preparing themselves for inspection, a nutritionally well-balanced breakfast, formation for accountability and instruction, morning colors (raising and saluting the flag), and chapel for Bible study/encouragement/life lessons and prayer.
We then go to class.
By 0815 we have already accomplished many learning objectives and to standard, measured, and ranging from low to highest on Blooms Taxonomy (a scale used in education for demonstrating cognitive complexity and engagement).
The strategy, tasks, purposes, and methods today—and every day—are framed from the Biblical perspective as described in Proverbs:
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
—Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)
So, we press on in body, mind, and spirit—holding fast to our core values of respect, integrity, faith, character and discipline—for we know it is good. Our development, education, and training in this college preparatory, military-styled, boys only, and Christian environment is the right path.
We are proud of our cadets; you have made us proud.
The transformation of these young men is occurring in body, mind and spirit, every day.
We’ll celebrate our 123rd Founders Day—the Academy's birthday—with a Day of Giving and our Parents Weekend Parade next Friday.
God bless our Academy. His plans for us are not for disaster, but for good, because He loves us. God loves you and so do I. Go ye therefore full speed ahead into this day like a champion, because God is for you not against you. This is the day the Lord has made—so be joyful, glad and smile. Thanks be to God.
Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.)
Fork Union Military Academy