U.S. Army Cadet Command
U.S. Army Cadet Command cadre and civilians touch the lives of nearly 30,000 MSI-MSIV senior cadets and nearly 300,000 high school cadets.
U.S. Army Cadet Command commissions the future officer leadership of The U.S. Army and motivates young people to be better citizens. The Commander's Intent is to provide premier leadership training and development to transform university and college students who are proven Scholars - Athletes - Leaders (SALs) into commissioned officers prepared to excel during Basic Officer Leaders Course II (BOLC II) and lead small units upon arrival at their first unit of assignment.
Cadet Training will focus on the Soldier's Creed and instill the Warrior Ethos while developing the leadership skills and attributes required to successfully lead soldiers in combat. The command produces the right number of highly qualified line and nurse officers to lead America's Army.
The Commanding General and US Army Cadet Command Headquarters are located at Ft Monroe, Virginia. The Eastern Region Commander and Leader's Training Course are located at Ft Knox, Kentucky. The Western Region Commander and Leader Development and Assessment Course are located at Ft Lewis, Washington. The Deputy Commanding General will succeed the CG if required.
The command was not positioned for success in 2001 and in many areas had adopted a mindset that perpetuated mission failure. The Way Ahead was instrumental in breaking the cycle of failure. Cadet Command accepted an expanded line mission of 4,500 and nurse mission increases ranging from 75 to 150 per year beginning in FY06. Sustaining excellence in this more challenging environment requires continued focus on successful initiatives from The Way Ahead as well as increased emphasis on a number of new priorities. The Commander's Operational Planning Guidance (COPG) is the lead document, replacing the Way Ahead, to direct the command to future success.
The recruiting environment in FY05 was more challenging compared to that in FY02 through FY04. After three years of a favorable recruiting environment, the conditions began to change in the second half of FY03. The impact of those changes on the recruiting effort is likely to become apparent during FY05. The economy began to rebound in FY03 and posted solid growth in FY04. The GWOT will continue in FY05 and beyond and will adversely affect propensity of youth to join The Army.
The four-year model no longer applies to the majority of the command. Only 47 percent of commissionees entered the program as freshmen and matriculate through all four years. Most cadets entered in their sophomore year. In addition, the average time to complete a bachelor's degree was 4.6 years. Those realities produced a lateral entry process that attempted to equate the Leader Training Course (LTC) to the following: Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC); Basic Combat Training; or prior service on active duty.
As an integral team effort in helping meet the Army's recruiting mission, the SergeantMajor of the Army has organized Operation SMART (Sergeant Major of the Army Recruiting Team). This program provides a certificate and coin from the Sergeant Major of the Army for any referral of a potential applicant, which then results in an enlistment in the Regular Army or the Army Reserve.
At the end of each fiscal year, the individual with the best record of referrals and resulting enlistment's will be invited, along with their unit support officers to the Annual Chief of Staff of the Army, Recruiter of Excellence Award Ceremony in Washington, DC. They will be personally recognized for their achievement.
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