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The 2014 Summer of Drill!

2014 CJSHGA Graduation (21)Military CadetsYes, I was at it again in Millersburg, KY at Forest Hill Military Academy where the American Military Cadet Corps (Military Cadets) holds its annual summer Military Adventure Camp. I was there as a helper for a week for the instructors who had been there a few weeks and then I turned into an instructor for the second Cadet Joint Service Honor Guard Academy (CJSHGA). I have dozens of pictures at my Flickr account. The picture at right is of the graduation ceremony for the 2014 CJSHGA. This is cadet Christopher Warren receiving his graduation certificate. after the certificates were handed out, I then tacked on Honor Guard tabs.

 

Military Cadets is a great Army-based (but no affiliation) program for young men and women ages 11 to 18. It is like Sea Cadets and Civil Air Patrol. Besides the honor guard academy that I teach, cadets have a wide-ranging choice of courses: Cadet Basic Training (run by a retired Army Drill Sgt.), Troop Handler Academy (Troop Handlers are Cadet Drill Sgts), Basic, Field and Advanced Leader Courses, Sappers (Cadet Combat Engineers), Pathfinders, The Army Cadet Martial Arts Program,  and Cadet Military Police Academy. Military Cadets also offers the only special operations courses available for cadets: Cadet Ranger Challenge and Cadet Ranger School which both add up to 6 weeks of special operations training.

I made a video with both of the CJSHGA14 honor graduates that gives a little more detailed explanation of folding an American flag with two people.

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@fitgirldc and The #DrillMaster at the #USAF #HonorGuard !!

 

I also was able to visit the Navy’s Ceremonial Guard, the Air Force’s Honor Guard, Fork Union Military Academy, Virginia Military Institute and the Citadel, South Carolina’s Military College. The picture at left is of me and a friend of mine who is on the USAFHG. What a great visit!

And it’s not over. The school year began and I will be working with local school and traveling to work with other teams. Plus, I have several new books that are almost ready to publish, I call them DrillMaster Field Manuals since they are just the right size to fit into utility uniform cargo pockets to use while teaching. I’ve been working on them for months and they should be ready soon.

The Cadet Series: American Military Cadets

A little-known program, but quickly gaining more and more exposure, is the American Military Cadet Corps (AMCC). It is just like US Navy Sea Cadets or Civil Air Patrol, but for the Army and like Sea Cadets, USAC offers hands-on real-world training just like Soldiers get. Pardon the expression but, USAC is Army JROTC on steroids.

Strength and Honor!
This motto is introduced to every cadet and adult volunteer, and they men it. Unlike the other non-JROTC cadet programs, AMCC cadre (adult volunteers) are brought on board as officers OR enlisted. At the time of this writing, I happen to be a AMCC Staff Sergeant (SSG). Why go the enlisted route? It’s up to the individual. Many who are already retired enlisted, choose to remain enlisted since that is where they can make the biggest impact- working day-to-day with the cadets. That is not to say that AMCC officers do not have an impact, but the enlisted side is usually more hands-on on a daily basis.

A Navy History?
Yes, AMCC, (formerly Army Cadets or USAC) actually began as a Navy-based program and then became the American Cadet Alliance which had Navy, Marines and Army cadets.

From the AMCC website:

The American Military Cadet Corps (AMCC) traces its heritage to the early days of the 20th century, making us the oldest nationwide Cadet program still existing today.  Our history and culture are steeped in the oldest traditions of Cadetting.  In those days, a group of veterans chose to create a military-style youth organization to give the young men of their community a chance for adventure.  The program was Navy based and taught boys good citizenship and patriotism.  This idea was the foundation of both the Boy Scouts of America and the American Cadet Alliance (ACA), the predecessor to the AMCC.

The American Cadet Alliance was founded as Colonel Cody’s Boy Scouts, by CAPT James H.C. Smyth on April 10, 1909, at the First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, NY. April 10 is celebrated as the birthday of the Corps.

In 1911, the organization split into two organizations:  the Boy Scouts of America and the American Naval and Marine Scouts.  On Aug. 16, 1927, the American Naval and Marine Scouts was incorporated in New York state as the New York Junior Naval Militia.  Early in 1929, the organization split and Commodore Smyth and a number of senior officers left and on Feb. 19, 1929, incorporated the Junior Naval Reserve.

A Unique Situation
Unlike Sea Cadets, Young Marines and the CAP, AMCC is also part of Forest Hill Military Academy a full-time boarding and day school located in Millersburg, KY. Read more here.

Got Training?
They have training! Take a look at the summer 2015 training schedule: (contact me for special “DrillMaster Reduced Fees”!)

Troop Handlers Course ……………………………………. Jun 14-20
Basic Cadet Training – Session 1……………………… Jun 21- Jul 4
Basic Cadet Training – Session 2 …………………….. Jul 5 – 18
Basic Leaders Course …………………………………………Jul 5 – 18
Cadet Combat Engineers Course …………………… Jul 5 – 25
Cadet Ranger Challenge ………………………………….. Jul 5-25
Cadet Ranger School ………………………………………… Jul 26 – Aug 16
Tactical Leaders Course …………………………………… Jul 19 – Aug 2
Cadet Equestrian Program (NEW!!) ……………… July 26 – Aug 2
Cadet Military Police Academy……………………….. Aug 2 – 16
Cadet Joint Service Honor Guard Academy …. Aug 2 – 16
Cadet Military Combatives Program ……………… Aug 2 – 8
Cadet Medic School (NEW!!) …………………………… Aug 2 – 8
Cadet Airborne Jump School (NEW!!) …………… Aug 9-15

Cadet Airborne School. Watch the AMCC site for updates!

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