The Four Pillars of the Cadet Corps Leadership Program

The four pillars of the Cadet Corps – leadership, cadet culture, character and health and wellness – are designed to engage and develop the whole person. This comprehensive approach helps cadets achieve balance and depth in their overall development, allowing them to become more effective leaders. 


At its core, leadership is influencing others to accomplish a goal. The Cadet Corps teaches students leadership attributes and how to lead themselves and others. 

Cadet Culture

The military structure of the Cadet Corps teaches discipline, accountability, resilience and citizenship, while providing real opportunities to practice leadership. 


Students will understand the connections among their thoughts, feelings and actions. The Cadet Corps builds personal values and beliefs to inspire young people to live in an ethical way that promotes generosity and respect. 

Health and Wellness

Effective leaders are mentally and physically healthy and have meaningful relationships in their lives; the Cadet Corps teaches students the importance of creating balance in these areas. 

Sydney Antonucci ’20

Being a member of the Cadet Corps has enhanced every aspect of my experience at St. John’s. It has made me a better field hockey player, student, leader and friend.