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Military Schools And Troubled Teens

Yes SIR!, No SIR!

Military schools have been around for over 100 years, they are an important part of the history of this great country. For a young man hopeful of a military career, military school is a logical step in the right direction. The potential military man more than likely has always wanted to be a soldier. This comes from a family history of military service or in some boys it just clicks when they see a man in uniform for the first time. Once they have their mind made up they begin to eat sleep and drink military. Things they want for Christmas and birthdays are centered around his desired life style. The movies and toys they want are usually based on military themes. This type of cadet is different than the defiant teen that may find him or herself in a military school.

No SIR I Don’t Care SIR!

The truly defiant teen will typically have no respect for the military lifestyle. They will usually fight the system with a lot of “what are you going to do about it” type statements. There are two types of military schools. Some will accept a defiant teen and work to curb his our her defiance. This is a long battle and may test the metal of the strongest military man. The other type of military school will not even consider enlisting a defiant teen. Some of these types of elite military schools require letters of recommendation, good grades, and a willing soldier from the start. The willing soldier loves the military lifestyle and will follow along, doing what ever is asked of him or her.

Troubled Teens And Military Schools

The question that surfaces then is, “what can be done with a defiant troubled teen”? Are troubled teens ever accepted in a military school? The answer is yes, sometimes. There are a few true military schools that will accept defiant teens. Some of these schools will charge tuition for the quarter, year, or semester in advance. If the cadet is expelled the money paid in advance is non-refundable. A lot of the military schools have gone out of business over the years, but there are still a few good academies to choose from. The tricky part is finding a military style school that is willing to try to help a teen move from defiant to compliant. There are only a few give us a call if this is what you are looking for.

U.S. Military Requires A High School Diploma

If a teen has an interest in the military they will need to have a high school diploma. This is challenge for a teen that has been kicked out of school, or that is not applying themselves in school. It may be necessary to place the troubled teen in another type of school prior to enrolling them in a true military school. It may not even be a possibility to ever enroll the teen in a military school. A military school is obviously not required to enlist in the military, it is just a head start toward becoming an officer. Another option for a defiant teen may be enrollment in a boot camp style program in preparation for a life in the military. We work with a boot camp program staffed with former military personnel. They are happy to take defiant teens and help them move toward a career in the military.

Teen Boot Camps – Teen Military Schools

TV Boot Camps

Several years ago there were multiple television shows portraying a situation where a spoiled brat would be confronted by a drill sergeant. The child would then be escorted to a boot camp, sometimes for a week and sometimes for a weekend. They camera crew would follow the child through the process watching the drill sergeant screaming in the youths face. It was very sensational, and entertaining to watch. The audience would view first hand the spoiled child screaming and even cursing at their parents. The parents were in total disarray not knowing how to deal with this type of problem. Out of frustration they would contact the television network to see if they would take their child to the boot camp.

Free Boot Camps

This may be where parents first heard about the possibility of a free boot camp for troubled youth. The television show was being paid by their sponsors which allowed them to perform the boot camp service for the at risk youth for no charge. The problem is that many parents are still searching for the every illusive free boot camp. To our knowledge there are not free boot camps. There has also been a drastic reduction in the number of boot camps across the country. This may be due in part to the abuse that has taken place at these types of boot camps. The old saying, “there is no such thing as a free lunch” seems to apply to there is no such thing as a free boot camp. Some states established boot camps to try to help at risk youth, but most have discontinued these programs to our knowledge.

Boot Camps for At Risk Youth

When parents are looking for help for an at risk youth, one thought that often comes to mind is that of a boot camp. Many parents that served in the military appreciate the difficult time they had in a military boot camp. They can visualize their child going through the same type of structure and discipline that they went through. The thought is good, but the difference is that their child is openly defiant to any type of authority. This defiance doesn’t bode well for life in a military setting. It can create a dangerous situation for the teen that attempts to refuse to follow orders. If the teen were willing to following the program the structure would be advantageous, but this is rarely the case. The teen that defies authority, will do better in a program that requires them to make choices.