Cadet Leadership and Development

Everyone is called to lead at some point in their life – to put others first, to take responsibility, to inspire action, to make tough decisions. Young men and women seeking leadership opportunities will find them in abundance at Virginia Military Institute, where cadets engage in leadership, integrity, honor, and discipline every day.  

The VMI experience is not easy. It's a carefully designed system that challenges, tests, and develops leaders of strong character during their four years at VMI and throughout their lives.

If you want to test and build your physical, mental, and emotional strength, your courage, integrity, perseverance, and competence, and find your unique path to serving and succeeding as a true leader, then join us at VMI.

From left to right: Cadets marching down to football stadium, drum major with baton, cadre training with sabres.

Since 1839, VMI has helped young adults grow into confident military and professional leaders through its unique system of military, academic, and physical training.

VMI: Forging 21st Century Leaders