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Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets

Everyone is looking for great leaders.  Our mission in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets is to help nurture and create them.  This is why our numbers have grown and the reason why exceptional men and women are drawn to be in the Corps in increasing numbers.

A significant part of the university since its establishment in 1872, we have evolved into a world-class leader development program, which still understands that at the root of great leaders is great character.  This involves more than just classroom work.  This is a four-year commitment to strive 24 hours per day, seven days a week to immerse oneself in a residential community focusing on the development of practical, ethical, and leadership skills.  Our cadets wear uniforms – not just because of tradition – but because they are making a statement that they have committed to a course of study, a set of high standards, and a way of life to which not all choose to aspire.  

While many of our graduates go on to distinguished careers in the United States military, a quarter of all cadets, and that number is growing, are here to prepare for challenging and rewarding careers in the public and private sector.  Collectively, these young men and women are the people for whom we have been hoping to lead us into the future.  The purpose of each cadet is to:

  • Make our communities better;
  • Make our country stronger; and
  • Make the world a better place to live and grow.

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