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.

Cadet leadership marching in meet your cadre parade

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.

VMI cadets band and speaker

Since 1839, VMI has helped first-year cadets grow into military and civilian leaders through a unique system of military, academic, and athletic training.