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The Academy’s focus on character and leadership development has served and continues to serve as a hallmark of an R-MA education. Providing Cadets the tools to be successful in the classroom and beyond, the Character and Leadership Development Program (CLDP) will focus on self- discipline; holistic health and fitness; emotional resilience; the Code of Conduct and citizenship; drill and etiquette; teamwork: applied and adaptive leadership; and ethical decision-making.

Cadets will receive CLDP training four days a week. This training will consist of mandatory, for credit classes and Cadets will attend classes with their unit, not as a class year. Attending and working as a unit will enable leadership and mentorship opportunities, unit cohesion, common objective setting, and begin to develop an understanding of the importance of good followship skills as essential to effective leadership. During the week each Cadet will follow four tracks: Code of Conduct, Military Courtesy and Drill; Physical Fitness and Wellness; GPS for SUCCESS; and Principles of Leadership.

Code of Conduct, Military Courtesy and Drill
Understand what a code of conduct means in a community; how to understand it and create a personal roadmap to ensure accountability. Military Traditions and courtesies and why they matter – relevance in life. Drill commands and execution. Public speaking and presentation skills.

Physical Fitness and Wellness
This program will address both physical and emotional well-being of Cadets by teaching them how to develop their own fitness routines based on their personal goals, understand the importance of emotional resilience and how to develop it as well as understand why nutrition is crucial for both the mind and body. Cadets will also receive training in First Aid.

GPS for SUCCESS is a life skills prevention program in schools and communities nationwide that utilizes Emotional Intelligence imbedded programming created by the My Life My Power Institute. Basically, the program does not talk about drugs… it aims to “shift the conversation” and create a new focus.

Principles of Leadership
The Principles of Leadership track will initially cover four modules: The Synergy of Followship and Leadership, Ethical Decision-Making, Adaptive Leadership, and Creating a Positive Team Culture.

Module Title: The Synergy of Followship and Leadership: Unlocking the Power of Effective Collaboration
This module delves into the intricate dynamics between followship and leadership, emphasizing their interdependence and the potential for synergy when both are fostered effectively. Cadets will explore the qualities and skills required to be effective followers and leaders, understand the importance of mutual trust and communication, and learn how to cultivate a collaborative environment. Through case studies, interactive discussions, and practical exercises, Cadets will develop a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between followship and leadership and how it contributes to success in various contexts.

By the end of this module, Cadets will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the symbiotic relationship between followship and leadership. They will have developed insights into the qualities and skills required to be effective followers and leaders, and they will be equipped with practical strategies to foster collaboration and synergy within teams. This course will empower Cadets to become not only competent leaders but also supportive and engaged followers, enabling them to thrive in diverse environments and contribute positively to their communities.

Module Title: Ethical Decision-Making: Navigating Moral Dilemmas with Integrity
This engaging module is designed to equip Cadets with the necessary tools and frameworks to make ethical decisions in their personal and professional lives. Cadets will explore various ethical theories, engage in critical thinking exercises, and analyze real-life ethical dilemmas. Beginning with the famous “trolley problem,” Cadets will delve into the complexities of ethical decision- making, examining moral principles, values, and the consequences of their choices. Through interactive discussions, case studies, and practical exercises, Cadets will develop the skills and ethical reasoning necessary to navigate moral dilemmas with integrity.

By the end of this module, Cadets will have developed a comprehensive understanding of ethical decision-making, exploring various ethical theories and frameworks. They will possess the critical thinking skills necessary to analyze moral dilemmas, consider the consequences of their choices, and make principled decisions aligned with their values and principles. This course will empower Cadets to navigate ethical challenges with integrity, preparing them to become ethically responsible individuals in their future endeavors.

Module Title: Adaptive Leadership: Navigating Change
This dynamic module is designed to equip Cadets with the essential skills and mindset of adaptive leadership. Cadets will explore the concept of adaptive leadership, examine the challenges posed by change and uncertainty, and develop strategies for leading in diverse and evolving contexts.

Through interactive discussions, case studies, and practical exercises, Cadets will enhance their ability to navigate change, inspire others, and foster collaboration. This module empowers Cadets to become adaptable leaders capable of driving positive change in their personal and academic lives.

By the end of this module, Cadets will have gained a comprehensive understanding of adaptive leadership and its practical applications. They will have developed skills in diagnosing systems, managing themselves, and mobilizing others to navigate change and drive positive outcomes.

With an emphasis on self-awareness, collaboration, and decision-making, Cadets will be prepared to embrace leadership opportunities and make meaningful contributions in an ever-changing world.

Module Title: Creating a Positive Team Culture: Building Collaboration and Success
This interactive module is designed to empower Cadets with the knowledge and skills to create a positive team culture in various settings, such as sports teams, clubs, and group projects. Cadets will explore the key elements of a positive team culture, understand the benefits it brings, and learn strategies for fostering collaboration, respect, and support within teams. Through engaging discussions, team-building activities, and case studies, cadets will develop the tools to cultivate a positive team culture that leads to enhanced performance, satisfaction, and collective success.

By the end of this module, Cadets will have gained a comprehensive understanding of the elements and strategies for creating a positive team culture. They will possess the skills to foster collaboration, respect, and inclusivity within teams, leading to improved performance and overall satisfaction. With a focus on effective communication, support, and shared values, cadets will be equipped to create environments where team members thrive, contribute their best, and achieve collective success.