Military Leadership Program Courses

The mission of Saint Thomas Academy (Military Institute) Leadership program is to develop life skills through participation as a cadet in the Saint Thomas Academy (MI) Corps of Cadets structure and military program. 

Saint Thomas Academy is a member of the Association of Military Colleges and Secondary Schools of the United States. Click here for more information on AMCSUS.

MILITARY LEADERSHIP (ML 1) - Grade Level: 9    Weight :1.0
ML 1 FINE ARTS - Grade Level: 9    Weight: 1.0
Military Leadership 1 is the introductory / foundation level of instruction in subjects necessary for a cadet to function effectively as a member of the Corps of Cadets. Subjects include: introduction to the STA Corps of Cadets: Drill and Ceremonies; Personal appearance; military customs and courtesies; traditions of STA (MI); introduction to leadership; rifle marksmanship; learning skills; techniques of communication; and public speaking.  Cadets are assigned as team members within the Corps of Cadets.

MILITARY LEADERSHIP (ML 2) - Grade Level: 10    Weight: 1.0
ML 2 FINE ARTS, Grade Level: 10    Weight: 1.0
Military Leadership 2 is a continuation of foundational military instruction – where cadets learn followership. Subjects include: drill and ceremonies; advanced first aid, introduction to map reading, personal finance, citizenship and government; communication skills; and an introduction into American Military History.  Cadets are assigned as team members or team leaders within the Corps of Cadets.

MILITARY LEADERSHIP (ML 3) - Grade Level: 11    Weight: 1.0
ML 3 FINE ARTS - Grade Level: 11    Weight: 1.0
Military Leadership 3 is designed to provide the necessary training and skills for the third year cadet to assume leadership at the squad and platoon level. Subjects include: goal setting / planning; command and staff principles; leadership strategies, theory, and responsibilities, performance counseling; ethical decision making; drill and ceremonies; public speaking; planning skills; and etiquette/protocol. Cadets are assigned as Assistant Squad Leaders or Squad Leaders.

MILITARY LEADERSHIP (ML 4) - Grade Level: 12    Weight: 1.0
ML 4 FINE ARTS - Grade Level: 12    Weight: 1.0
Military Leadership 4 is the culmination of military training at STA. Primary emphasis is placed on the practical application of learned leadership at the platoon level. Subjects include: organization of the Department of Defense and each military service; leadership application, styles and dilemmas; drill and ceremonies, communication skills; ancient military history; the just war theory; mentorship; and counseling.  Cadets are assigned as Squad leaders, Platoon Sergeants, or Platoon Leaders.

ADVANCED MILITARY LEADERSHIP (AML 4) - Grade Level: 12    Weight: 1.1
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
Advanced Military Leadership is designed for seniors assigned to the highest levels of leadership within the Corps of Cadets. These cadets are responsible for the planning, organizing, coordinating, and executing all activities / ceremonial events within the Corps of Cadets. In addition, they manage the cadet awards program, merit/demerit system, promotions, public affairs, technology, operations, and logistics for the entire Corps of Cadets. These Cadets are assigned as Company First Sergeants, Executive Officers, Company Commanders, Brigade Staff Officers, Battalion Commanders and the Cadet Colonel – who commands the entire Cadet Brigade.

Military Leadership Elective

This year long course will introduce high school seniors to the general principles of organizational leadership and entrepreneurship. The class will begin with a self-assessment and identification of personal strengths.  From there, students will explore various problem solving and decision making models that they will implement in conjunction with projects involving the STA Internship Program. During the year, students will also explore organizational leadership blueprints, various business models, sales and marketing strategies, business operations and logistics, organizational culture and ethical dilemmas in the workplace. Alumni and community members will be integrated into the curriculum in order to bring subject matter expertise into the classroom when necessary and to give our current students a better understanding of the greater STA community and the power of networking. The purpose of the course is to further develop the critical thinking and problem solving skills of our graduating seniors while exposing them to many facets of organizational leadership, business and entrepreneurship that they will face in the next five to ten years.