Obligatory and Optional Activities in Military Schools for Teens

If you have decided to send your teen to a military school, you are probably wondering what activities he or she will particpate in. Generally, students don’t have much free time, except on weekends, as their time is planned and their schedule is very busy. In this way, military school disciplines teenagers, making sure their time and actions are monitored and meaningful. Tight scheduling also keeps students out of trouble, involvement in fights, and substance abuse.

For specifics you should contact the particular school you are sending your child to, but the daily routine tends not to vary much; only extra-curricular activities and classes differ. Students are required to get up early and make their beds, do exercises, and go to breakfast. They can’t skip classes or military drills and physical exercises. Not working hard will get your child punished, with physical activities being the preferred consequence. Cadets need to learn how to behave like military men and women. Apart from military drills, training includes marching and saluting to the flag every evening before dinner.

Leisure time is in short supply on weekdays, but on weekends cadets have much more free time. They can rest, sleep, socialize, and have fun on their own. Still, fun time has to be earned, and will only be allowed to model students. Troubled students may lose their privileges and earn extra assignments while their classmates are enjoying themselves. This method is a very productive way to discipline a teen cadet, and is popular in military schools.


Cadets can earn a free weekend to go home or go out. Sometimes off-campus activities are organized and monitored, and sometimes they are not, depending on a school and/or cadet’s behavior. Cadets can go to movies, zoos, theaters, museums and clubs, if they are allowed.

Military schools sometimes organize hiking or camping on weekends, which can be both fun and helpful in military drills. In winter, cadets can ski or skate, while swimming is popular in summer. Depending on the military school’s location and surroundings, military cadets can enjoy other fun activities, like paint ball, go-carting, or golf.

There are also organized fun activities on campus. In dorm area lounges, students can watch TV, play games, or surf the Internet. Activity centers may offer ping-pong, pool, foosball, and other games. Playing chess and other social games are also allowed and offered. Of course sporting areasand gyms are also popular options.

Military schools often organize dances and sport tournaments among themselves. Visiting between schools is common so that students can meet other cadets, making friendships and exchanging experiences.

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