Cadet Core Guide (Updated 05MAR2020)

Thank you for considering a Cadet Core MSPLP (Military Styled Private Leadership Program)! We offer private military styled leadership programs to any school. Please bookmark and save this page as it contains all the information you will need to start a program, including download links to free resources! This page can be directly accessed from 

STEP 1: Download Free Resources!

Left click on any of the PDF Icons below to download the indicated PDF file:

Download The Cadet Core Guide (This Page) Below

JROTC vs. NDCC vs. Cadet Core MSPLP

Download The Cadet Core Student Interest Survey Below

Download The Cadet Core Brochure Below

Download The Cadet Core Course Catalog Below

Download The Cadet Core Teaching Standards Below

Download The Cadet Core Introduction Below

STEP 2: Review Yearly Pricing


All tiers include full access to our Cadet Core curriculum database, training, services, support, and sustainment on a year round basis as long as the school account remains active. The higher the tier the better percentage of a uniform discount you receive. Tiers can be upgraded or downgraded each year as desired. There are no contracts.

Tier 1 is $5,130.45 and is recommended for schools with less than 500 total students. Tier 1 provides 10 Cadet Core Tactical Uniforms at a bulk discount rate of 5%, saving you $138.45 from the retail price if the uniforms were purchased separately.

Download The Tier 1 Quote / Invoice Below

Tier 2 is $9,976.03 and is recommended for schools with 501 to 1000 total students. Tier 2 provides 30 Cadet Core Tactical Uniforms at a bulk discount rate of 10%, saving you $830.67 from the retail price if the uniforms were purchased separately.

Download The Tier 2 Quote / Invoice Below

Tier 3 is $17,562.82 and is recommended for schools with 1001 to 1500 total students. Tier 3 provides 64 Cadet Core Tactical Uniforms at a bulk discount rate of 15%, saving you $2,658.14 from the retail price if the uniforms were purchased separately.

Download The Tier 3 Quote / Invoice Below

Tier 4 is $35,726.80 and is recommended for schools with over 1500 total students. Tier 4 provides 150 Cadet Core Tactical Uniforms at a bulk discount rate of 20%, saving you $8,306.70 from the retail price if the uniforms were purchased separately.

Download The Tier 4 Quote / Invoice Below

Our public store can be accessed at

Please note: custom orders that fall outside of the above tiers are available on a case by case basis upon request. Additional individual uniforms and items can be purchased separately throughout the year by emailing us with a quote or invoice request.

STEP 3: Involve Your Team

Include your leadership team and key decision makers (principals, directors, superintendents, etc.) in your decision to move forward and seek approval from them if needed. Express your intent to start the Cadet Core and decide whether or not you want to offer the program during school as a board approved elective, or as an after school club, or both. Some administrators such as the curriculum director and counselors will likely want to look at the program specifics so that they can link the information with their already established processes. Please refer them to the above links and PDF documents available for download. For example, the Cadet Core survey is a great form for students to fill out to gauge interest, the Cadet Core brochure is a great print out to give to students and parents and the Cadet Core introduction is great for group presentations.

STEP 4: Select Your Instructor

Decide whether you already have someone on staff who can teach the program or if you need to hire a new staff member. Most schools that offer the Cadet Core during school require that the teacher have some form of active certification in any subject. However, if you are offering the program as after school only you will likely have more flexibility in selecting an instructor, as club sponsors usually do not require a teaching certificate. If you are able to hire a teacher already on staff at your school, you may be able to save a considerable amount of money.


Please note: Cadet Core is usually marked as a board or district approved elective and coded to fit the subject matter based on your state's course offerings and available coding; for example: leadership development, practical living, military science, military skills, and so on. Please ensure that the course code matches the series of codes listed under the instructor's teaching certificate if necessary! If your school has curriculum director he/she should be able to help you with class codes. Please do not use federal JROTC course codes for Cadet Core classes!

Step 5: Get Approval (If Needed)


If necessary, propose the Cadet Core to your board or approving officials, including all costs associated with the program to include tier package cost as well as instructor cost if hiring someone new. Feel free to use any of the above links and downloadable PDF documents on our site in your presentation to your board or approving officials. If the board requires a business proposal, contract, itemized invoice, or any other type of document please let us know.

Step 6: Keep US Informed


Once approved, notify us via email that you have been approved and include any additional information that is necessary such as instructor information if available. We will need the email address and phone number of the instructor so that we may provide online teacher training services once the order is placed.

Step 7: Place Your Order

Either contact us directly to request an itemized quote/invoice to be emailed to you OR order the tier package(s) manually from our store ( by selecting the “offline” option at checkout and printing out your order to be used as a quote. If you are a public school using a purchase order please email us a signed copy of the purchase order. Should you need to include our company information on any order, our company name is Cadet Core LLC and our address is as follows: 330 Eastern Bypass STE 1 PMB 239, Richmond, KY 40475. Our main office number is 502-414-3411. Please send all check payments to the above address as well.

Please note: Cadet Core LLC will NOT process any orders for services, clothing, equipment, etc. until either payment is received in advance (required for private schools) or an approved and signed purchase order authorization is completed and emailed to us (purchase orders are for public schools only). Once an order is processed the instructor services and support may be shared within 24 hours, however the lead time for clothing and equipment fulfillment is around 3-6 weeks depending on the size of the order and our order volume. All invoices are expected to be paid in full.

Step 8: Promote The Program


Schedule, promote, and conduct a student interest meeting (hopefully led by the incoming instructor with support from the administrative team) to generate student interest. The meeting should be upbeat, informative, and interesting in a way that promotes student interest in the Cadet Core. Use the above links and downloadable PDF documents as part of your presentation. These resources (brochure, introduction, course catalog, etc.) are supplementary and should be mixed in with the instructor's custom presentation/speech to deliver a unique experience that gives the students an overall idea of what to expect and whether they want to commit. This is important because it will reduce the number of students who drop from the program during the semester or school year and begin to foster the instructor’s rapport with the students.

Step 9: Enroll Students


Add the Cadet Core to the curriculum offering and begin enrollment as soon as possible. We do not have a minimum or a maximum student requirement; as long as you are happy with your program numbers, that is all that matters to us!

Step 10: Work Together Every Year


The school, instructor, and our office will continue to work together throughout the school year (and each year following an active program) to ensure a high quality successful Cadet Core at your school! Each year that the program renews an additional tier package order must be processed to continue instructor services and support as well as more clothing and equipment for student use. As your program grows throughout the years your school will acquire more uniforms, equipment, and resources. We recommend that you sell the uniforms to students who are interested in buying them so that you can minimize the cost of the program to your school and have the ability budget each year for new orders.

At A Glance… Major Benefits: How does Cadet Core measure up?



Cadet Core programs are offered across the entire United States of America. Enjoy a robust program that is aligned to National Standards of teaching!


Any School

Cadet Core was designed from the ground up to work with any school system. Whether you are a public, charter, private, academy or religious school, you will find a home with us!


Any Size

Worried about the size of your school? Cadet Core can function in the smallest or biggest of schools. Whether you have 5 students or 50 students in a class all students work as a team!



Cadet Core was designed to allow the instructor to have maximum flexibility over the program. All schedules, events, and activities can be customized to fit your unique needs.


Direct Support

We offer year round email, video, and phone support from specialists who can help you get started and ensure your success!

During Or After School

Cadet Core can be offered as an elective during school or as a club after school, or both! How you structure your Cadet Core is completely up to the needs of the school and instructor.


High Quality & Affordable

At Cadet Core we believe that every student should have access to a high quality leadership program. So we structure our pricing to fit the needs of small, medium, and large schools.


Only 1 Instructor

Cadet Core was designed to be delivered through one instructor which saves money by not having a surplus of instructors in a paid position. However, volunteer instructors can always add value!


4 Years of Curriculum

Cadet Core can keep students engaged in active learning and leadership opportunities with a curriculum that spans at least 4 years. A 5th year of curriculum is currently in design. Teachers also have access to online video training that will help them refine their ability to help students.


Administration Support

Cadet Core contains pre-made student interest surveys, course descriptions, standards, promo material and everything else that the administration would need to get started. Included for free!


30 Day Launch

Cadet Core can be launched in 30 days or less after placing a purchase order for public schools or a secure order for private schools. Start whenever you want!


Private Sector

Cadet Core operates in the private sector, giving you more control over the management of your program and less hindering regulation or red tape.

Not Like The Others… The Difference: What makes Cadet Core unique?


No Waiting List

We do not believe in waiting lists so we will never put you on one! If you want to start a leadership program then you should be able to do so without waiting for years to have your application reviewed.


No Guessing

Other programs can leave you feeling lost and unable to really know who you should be talking with to start a program or even apply to one. Stop trying to guess who to contact.


No Exclusions 

Many state and federally funded programs completely exclude different types of schools based on various classifications. You will not find any red tape with the Cadet Core.


No Size Limitations

Many state and federally funded programs do not consider schools that are under a certain student count because they cannot justify the funding of positions at smaller schools.


No Applications

Many state and federally funded programs have so many applications that they cannot possibly get around to reviewing them all. Cadet Core has no application. All schools are accepted!


No Being Ignored

Don't let your application collect dust on a desk somewhere with 100 other applications stacked on top of it. At Cadet Core we engage with your leadership immediately after making contact.


No Exhausted Budgets

Many state and federally funded programs have extremely high budgets in the $200,000 to $400,000 range. For some schools, this exceeds their entire budget, making it an impossibility.


No Over Paying

Nearly all state and federally funded programs require at least 2 instructors to operate with some schools needing 3 or 4. This places a huge cost on schools who need to pay for each person.


No Workbooks

Many traditional leadership programs have outdated textbooks and workbooks that merely serve as "busy work" for students. At Cadet Core we want to keep students engaged in active learning.


No Delays

Many traditional leadership programs are overly regulated and too complicated for the school administration to process swiftly, thus taking years to launch. Launch Cadet Core in 30 days or less!


Frequently Asked Questions


Q1: How do we find an instructor?

A1: By far the most frequently asked question is about the instructor. The answer will vary based on your school resources. Some schools have a teacher in their building or district who is a veteran, former police officer, or military minded person who would serve students well in a military styled class. This is the best option since that person is likely already a certified teacher and already on the payroll which can help save money. Other schools do not have a person who is a clear obvious fit and need to post the position for a teacher/sponsor. Schools who post a position sometimes have a hard time getting applicants not because people are uninterested but because people do not know about the opportunity. Keep in mind that most veterans do not come from a traditional education background and are not actively reviewing school/district job vacancies for a position. If you reach out to local veteran posts/groups such as the American Legion for example, you will often find many veterans who are interested in helping schools, some of which might have an educational background. These communities might be able to help you find a local veteran who is actively involved in the community and a great fit as an instructor/sponsor for the program. However, if you still cannot generate solid interest, we might need to look at networking websites for qualified applicants. In our modern day veterans use social and job prospecting sites such as,, and to find jobs they are interested in and qualified to perform. As an example, if you create a free job post on advertising the position and you link to the application posted at your school/district, you can often generate dozens of qualified candidates to screen and interview for the position. If you cannot or do not want to advertise the position application yourself, we can help. Just send us the link to the position application and we will take care of it.

Q2: Do you offer grants or offer this program for free to schools?

A2: Because we are a private program independent of government control we do not have the ability to work with government entities to enable grants at this time, nor do we know of any organizations that are actively issuing grants for military styled leadership programs. We are actively looking at working with businesses for grant partnerships at local schools, but that is a process that will take some time. In the meantime, we cannot offer a grant toward the program at your school and we cannot offer the program for free at your school due to the logistical and operational costs that each program incurs for our company.



                                    Mailing Address: 330 Eastern Bypass STE 1 PMB 239, Richmond, KY 40475                                                            Phone: (502) 414-3411                                                                                                                                                                                                          

The Cadet Core is a private leadership program and as such is not affiliated with JROTC, NDCC, California Cadet Corps or any other type of federal and/or state operated program,

nor is it directly sponsored and/or endorsed by any military branch. Also, the Cadet Core is not a career pathway for post industry certification or rank boosting.

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