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What is life like as a Cadet?

Being a Cadet at the University of North Georgia is more than simply being a college student. As a Cadet, you receive world-class leadership development and education from the first day you arrive until the day you graduate. You will train to become an effective leader in either the military, government, or civilian sector.


"I wouldn't take all the gold dug out of the hills of Dahlonega for the experiences and the quality of education I have seen my son receive during the past 3 years." - Faith Wheeler, North Georgia Cadets Parents Association Past President

Cadet life on campus
Let us show you the campus from a Cadet's perspective!

Freshman Year

Your leadership training will revolve around personal development, followership, and peer leadership. As a Cadet private in the Corps of Cadets, you will have very little leadership responsibility which enables you to focus on your studies. To succeed at North Georgia you must forge a strong academic foundation during this crucial first year. Academic success, physical fitness, and an aptitude for leadership and responsibility will be the framework for future positions of leadership in the Corps of Cadets.

Sophomore Year

Your leadership education focuses on leading a small team of four to five freshmen Cadets as a team leader, or a squad of nine to ten Cadets as a squad leader. In these positions you will be completely responsible for the development, academic success, physical fitness, and well being of each Cadet in your squad or team. Freshmen Cadets will rely on your knowledge, professionalism, and expertise to guide them through their freshman year.

Junior Year

Middle-management-level leadership education is the focus. You will become a Cadet platoon sergeant, company first sergeant, or sergeant major. You will be responsible for training, teaching and mentoring freshmen and sophomores on basic military skills and leadership.

Senior Year

Seniors are the upper-level leaders in the Corps of Cadets. Seniors command platoons (30 Cadets), companies (75 Cadets), battalions (250 Cadets), or the brigade (800+ Cadets)! As a senior you plan all the activities for the Corps of Cadets and ensure that the University of North Georgia continues to offer the finest ROTC training in the nation.

Your Summers

Cadets have the chance to compete for opportunities to participate in Army training over the summers. In recent years, North Georgia has received slots to Airborne School, Air Assault School, Mountain Warfare School, Pathfinder School, Sapper School, the Combat Diver Qualification Course, and Helicopter Flight Training. Cadets may also apply to participate in Cadet Field Training, Cadet Troop Leader Training, Study Abroad, Internships. Commissioning Cadets will attend the Cadet Leadership Course at Ft Knox during their final summer at North Georgia.

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