Fork Union Military Academy offers unique opportunities for young men to develop valuable leadership skills that will be used throughout their lives.
In other schools, young people might gain status based on their popularity, athletic ability, or the clique they hang out with. At FUMA, rank is earned based on true merit and achievement.
A cadet who shows responsibility, consistent good conduct, and leadership potential can earn rank - first within his company, and perhaps later at the battalion level. Cadet officers lead their platoons and companies under the direct adult supervision of the Commandant and the members of his staff, known as Tactical Officers. These cadet officers learn valuable lessons about responsibility, the use of authority, discretion, and leading by example.