The Corps of Cadets and the ROTC program provide extensive training in leadership and experience in a hierarchical organization that stresses the chain of command, accountability and adherence to clear standards of performance. Because 50 percent of our VWIL cadets will pursue careers in business, government, education and human services, VWIL develops leaders for the civilian sectors. Many civilian organizations are relatively flat in structure, use flexible systems of delegation and accountability and use consensus decision making styles. VWIL’s “class system,” therefore, can be contrasted with the regimental system and allows students to practice different leadership styles. In VWIL each class — seniors, juniors and sophomores — govern themselves and their elected leaders come together to form the Class Congress. The class system guides students when they are out of uniform and is structured as a series of committees that are responsible for cadet conduct, academic improvement, spirit molding and morale, and planning and implementing the first year experience for freshmen and upper class “transitional students.” This VWIL element emphasizes developing citizens of character.
Beginning their junior year, VWIL cadets choose a post-graduation career path of military duty or civilian job opportunities/ graduate studies. VWIL rallies around our citizen leader track of upper class cadets with fitess improvement programs and seminars on resume writing, graduate school application, job interview techniques, and civilian organization leadership styles.