Meet the Commandant

Benedictine's strong military leadership component is committed to developing skills in leadership, discipline, teamwork and acceptance of responsibility. Our Military Leadership program nurtures esprit de corps, camaraderie, and loyalty to our school and fellow Cadets.

While Benedictine is a college preparatory school, we are also well known for our military and leadership program. In fact the military and leadership program has been a part of Benedictine’s identity since its founding in 1911.

While every Cadet’s time at Benedictine is colored by his exposure to the military structure and its benefits, there are various levels of how well it is embraced. This ranges from those that seem to be born for it, to those who merely tolerate it. Whether a student thrives on the military aspect of Benedictine or not, he will develop a better sense of structure, accountability and responsibility. Most importantly, our students develop these skills through a unique presence of camaraderie that is unrivaled by any school in the surrounding area. A camaraderie that grows stronger as each class progresses toward graduation.

There are ample opportunities to serve the CORPS and further develop leadership capacities. We have over 80 formal leadership positions available within our 260-member Corps of Cadets. These positions range from Staff Sergeant (Squad Leader) to Lieutenant Colonel (Battalion Commander). These positions are detailed on this site at the page titled "Positions, Ranks and Awards." 

Most outsiders have a false belief that Benedictine takes a high interest in developing soldiers to enlist directly into the military upon graduation. This is far from the truth, as it is very rare that a student graduates from our school and proceeds directly into the military. Typically, each year two to three Cadets earn appointments to a military academy (such as West Point) or an ROTC scholarship--but that's about it.  We are, after all, not developing soldiers; we’re inspiring young leaders who leave our halls ready to contribute to society. GO CADETS!

Brooks York
Commandant of Cadets