our mission, every cadet receives instruction in Leadership Development
following the curriculum set forth by the Department of the Army as a part of
JROTC: This instruction is put into practice throughout a cadet's tenure at
NYMA. As a cadet demonstrate the ability for positions of higher rank and more
responsibility he or she is given those opportunities for leadership in the
Corps of Cadets and the responsibility of the well-being of its members. In
fact, this instruction is incorporated into what NYMA calls its Cadet
Performance System, which guides cadets in every facet of life in order that
they know what is expected of them.
Because cadets are trained to know exactly what is expected of them at all
times under the Cadet Performance System, a system which defines what excellent
performance is and then measures it, they are able to achieve success and move
up in rank. They know there is a daily path they can choose to take; they know
what to wear as they walk that path, how to behave, what responsibilities they
have, and this knowledge and its proper execution puts them on track for
success. This is very different from other private schools or public schools
where expectations are not clearly delineated.
Cadets are permitted to wear emblems of distinction on their uniforms in
recognition of superior achievement in scholastic, military, and athletic
endeavors. Most importantly, NYMA truly has a real life leadership lab: it is
in applying the lessons learned in class to daily cadet life that the cadets
truly put into practice what they have been taught.