Course of Study

Our curriculum provides students with a strong foundation in the principles and concepts of leadership. More importantly, the program provides cadets the opportunity to put those lessons into practice through Cadet Corps activities – allowing them an opportunity to develop their leadership skills. Knowledge and experience are further enhanced through mentorship by experienced faculty, peers and experts in the field, and cadets receive the time and space necessary to develop along their leadership journeys. 

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  • Freshman Year: Developing Self-Awareness

    Freshmen focus on understanding self and developing a strong foundation, learning about the attributes of leaders, perceptions and biases, emotional intelligence, character strengths and the roles each one plays in leadership.
  • Sophomore Year: Leading and Influencing Others

    Building on the freshman curriculum, sophomores apply the leadership principles they've studied by serving as a team leader and motivating and inspiring their peers in a team environment.
  • Junior Year: Leading Teams and Achieving Goals

    Continuing their study of leadership, juniors will analyze leadership concepts, such as servant leadership, and then apply those concepts in a team environment, learning to build an organization based around shared values.
  • Senior Year: Leadership and Life Beyond St. John's

    In their final year, cadets will learn to apply the four pillars of the Cadet Corps – leadership, cadet culture, character and health and wellness – in all aspects of life and study their applications in global society.

Exclusive Opportunities

In addition to the many activities available to every St. John's student, members of the Cadet Corps Leadership Program have the opportunity to participate in activities, clubs and teams that are available only to cadets.

Cadet Corps Activities

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  • Cadet March-On

    Before the historic SJC vs. Gonzaga football game each fall, the entire Cadet Corps marches onto the field and performs in front of a standing-room only crowd of spectators. 
  • Regimental Ball

    Held each November, the Regimental Ball is a formal dance for only members of the Cadet Corps and their invited guests. 
  • Regimental Band

    A marching band based on military band protocol, this ensemble performs at football games and other Cadet Corps activities. 
  • Sabre Ceremony

    In the spring of junior year, each cadet is presented with a sabre by a family member and formally promoted during this ceremony. 
  • Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery

    Each fall, members of the Cadet Corps travel to Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and a private tour of the Memorial Display Room. 

Extracurricular Opportunities

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  • Color Guard

    Known throughout the Washington, DC, metro area, this group presents the colors at formal ceremonies and events, both on and off campus. 
  • Drill Team

    Engages in marching competitions throughout the DC area. 
  • Raiders Team

    A physical and competitive team that provides cadets with the opportunity to participate in an Army physical fitness test, land navigation test, rope bridge competition, first aid exercises and a 5K road march. 
  • Rifle Team

    The McGovern Rifles, a nationally competitive student team. 

RJ Mora ’22

My father and uncle were both in the Cadet Corps at St. John’s. Being a part of the Cadet Corps, following in their footsteps and having the same experience they did, means so much to me.

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