Leadership Academy is a week-long program run by the NJROTC Area 07 Manager and hosted annually by Admiral Farragut Academy. This intense and challenging program is only for the most highly motivated and determined cadets who have an aptitude for the best boarding school in US disciplines and who choose to challenge themselves to their core, emotionally and physically. The instructors are hand selected by the NJROTC Area Manager and are among the very best of the 130 assigned. All Drill Instructors have “pushed boots” on active duty and have exceptional records of success.
Each year the corps of cadets is made aware of the requirements to be considered for the program and each cadet interested is advised of the selection process. This year, 14 Farragut Cadets expressed an interest in the program and 5 were selected to attend. As an indication of the highly selective nature of the program, only 260 cadets from the approximately 13,500 that comprise Area 07 were selected to attend Leadership Academy.
This year’s graduates are Cadet Lieutenants Alex OI ‘19 and Gianni Defelice ‘19, Cadet Chief Petty Officers Alexis Hernandez ‘21 and Kenneth Fisher ‘21 along with Cadet Petty Officer 2nd Class Haley Saylor ‘20. Of particular note was the performance and achievement of Alexis Hernandez. Selected from her class of 131 cadets, she was among the top four, graduating in front of her platoon as Platoon Commander “PC”. Alexis is the first Farragut Cadet to achieve such recognition in over a decade!
The Office of the Commandant, and in particular the Naval Science Instructors, are exceptionally proud of these student leaders and are looking forward to them bringing what they learned to the Regiment this school year. Now that they have earned the honor of wearing the esteemed “silver cord” with their uniform and much more will be expected, and demanded, of these new graduates. Please join us in congratulating these students and their families on this most significant accomplishment.