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[W:383]Cadets in Training: America's Allies and Enemies Prepare

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The term comes from the French term "cadet" for younger sons of a noble family. Let's look first at some Russian military cadets.

The third below focuses on Ukraine Naval cadets in Crimea who now must choose to remain under transitioning Russian control or go to the Ukraine mainland to make a new life there. Some who go will leave behind their parents and family who are Crimean and will remain in Crimea no matter who rules there.


Russian Children's Special Forces Cadets


"There are few of us so far, but we are in training and are preparing for a meeting with the western "crappy nation."






Putin Visits the Naval Cadet School in Vladivostok: Gives Brief Nationalist and Patriotic Remarks


While on a working trip in the Far East Federal District, Vladimir Putin visited the Vladivostok branch of the Nakhimov Naval Academy – the Vladivostok Presidential Cadet School.






Crimea Cadets Must Choose Their Nationalities: Russian or Ukrainian


Cadets at Sevastopol's Ukraine Naval Academy are to be forced to decide whether they want to join the Russians or leave Crimea to mainland Ukraine.

They face the decision following Russia's annexation of the region.

The gate at the Naval Academy still bears the Ukrainian emblem, but the cadets know that this will soon change.



Each video has English. In the third video the Ukraine Naval cadets speak English fluently. Most serious cadet academies around the world require English language competency on graduation. The cadets study the Russian language of course.
 

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Clip: Japan National Defense University Competitive Sports Day


Military Cadets Go Head-to-Head to 'Topple the Pole' in Japan

It's a ruthless test of will, strength and balance. Every year cadets in Japan's Military Defense Academy go head-to-head in the game, which is called Bo-taoshi. It means "topple the pole." Each team has 150 players, which are split into attackers and defenders. The goal is to get the other team's pole down to a 30-degree angle. Medical staff waits on hand for inevitable injuries.

Color Scheme:
1 Btn Red
2 Btn Blue
3 Btn Green
4 Btn Orange
Each team represents the whole of its battalion. This group of lovable crazies are the Ground Self Defense Force Cadets (Army). Winner in this event and overall in 2018 was 2 Btn Blue.


Narration is in English of course, from CNN Inside Edition. All cadets in Japan learn English and must test competently in English on graduation.
 

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Japan Army High School Academy Cadets Do Summer Field Training Exercises


High School Academy Cadets of the Japan Ground Self Defense Force (Army) are seen at Camp Fuji away from their academy at Tokyo Bay in clips of their 3 week summer field training exercises. It's the end of the academic year and the clip focuses on a squad of Year I cadets (frosh) who are rising to their upcoming Year II. Squad and fire team leaders are peers appointed by the academy. There's no live fire and the exercises are supervised by regular army faculty cadre, in this case nco.

At about 5:30 the nco advises the cadets that there's cold beverages for 'em at the end of the road. It's just that they'll have to low crawl to get to 'em. (It's when parents at the academy being shown the video laugh.) Then the nco runs their asses off to the base camp which the cadets had to erect. Ninety percent of cadets at the high technical school academy continue to the National Defense University and a career in the Army. In short, this only government Army high school academy is where future generals are broken in.







Japan Army High School Academy Cadets Prep To Depart Campus For 3 Weeks of Summer Field Training Exercises


The advance party of cadets load up and depart the campus to set up camp for the cadet brigade, coming soon. The brigade of cadets flank the road to give 'em an upbeat sendoff in their trucks. Parents at the campus view the videos on the day they show up to reclaim their government property sons for the rest of the summer, i.e., on the cadets' return from summer camp.

The corps of cadets numbers 600 who are aged 15-19. Entry competition is tough given there are 4500 applicants annually. Given China, North Korea, Russia, the Japan Self Defense Force is getting a lot of appreciation, respect and recruits these days.
 

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What do you wish to discuss?
 

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I've pointed out that to the Pentagon Japan has become in the East as UK continues to be to the US in the West. The three have in fact teamed up in a formal alliance to restrain and contain China militarily. Beijing's hopes Russia would team with it as a response has not formalized itself. In fact the US just last week sent a destroyer into waters claimed by Russia against US ally Japan to prove the Russian claims mean nothing in the law.

US also sent last week a destroyer into Beijing claimed waters near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea inside Vietnam territorial waters under the UN ICLOS. UK has committed one of its new aircraft carriers to the SCS on its commissioning.

Much as UK the island country off the continent of Europe and at the Atlantic Ocean has been the vital US ally for a century, Japan the island nation off the continent of Asia and at the Pacific has the same strategic value on the other side of the world.


America, Japan and the UK: A New Three-Way Alliance against China?

Three of the most powerful democracies in the world are teaming up.


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An AV-8B Harrier takes off from the flight deck of USS Bonhomme Richard . Flickr/Department of Defense


On October 20, 2016, the chief of the Japanese Maritime Force and the chiefs of the British and U.S. navies sat across the table from each other at the Pentagon to sign a trilateral cooperation agreement. This agreement commits all three navies to closer cooperation, with increased exercises and joint patrols in the future.

This agreement sets forth a roadmap for what it calls “mutually desired strategic effects.” The tightening of UK-Japan relations comes at a time when rising powers in Asia-Pacific are causing critical uncertainty in the region and beyond. This has led to policymakers strengthening alliances around the world. The United Kingdom and Japan are a strong example of such an alliance that has been redoubled in recent years.

https://nationalinterest.org/feature/america-japan-the-uk-new-three-way-alliance-against-china-20019



Military cadets in senior programs and junior programs are impacted by these issues, disputes, concerns as we've seen in scrolling. Their education, training and development is preparing them to lead the military forces of the US and allies in the turbulent times internationally and globally. Hence I open a thread to examine and discuss this and related concerns.
 

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UK Combined Cadet Force Summer Camp


A video of Caterham School CCF's Army Section Summer Camp at Longmoor and Crickhowell, July 2016.

Music in this Video:
Preparing For Battle - Universal Pictures Film Music
Siege - Universal Pictures Film Music
Selections From Simon and Garfunkle
Boogie Woogie Maxine


BTW: The day I see a Russian cadet smile or enjoy a good life is the day I might think he has a chance. ;)

Maybe.







U.S. Department of Defense Junior Rotc, Yokosuka, Japan








Graduation ceremony in Japan of the National Defense University Class of 2013 That No One Will Forget


Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke at a graduation ceremony on Sunday at the National Defense Academy in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo. He said Japan needs to bolster its military under the terms of the Japan-US security alliance, in face of China's increased maritime activity. The grads departed immediately to begin their mission. Strict orders were issued pertaining to all future graduation ceremonies thereafter.[0:52]
 
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With Japan recently passing new laws that allow its troops to fight overseas with allies for the first time since World War II, these cadets are more determined than ever to excel. Battalion 1 Red team leader on the Naval Brigade, Year 4 cadet Naoki: "When I entered the National Defense Academy none of us thought the Japan Self Defense Force would be deployed. Now the world has changed. There's a chance we could be involved in a conflict. We're not in a position to comment about the law or the constitution. It is our duty to follow the law. We will do our duty. I am not afraid of what lies ahead."


Japan National Defense Academy Cadet Victory Game: Botaoshi

English Subtitles



Every year cadets at Japan's National Defense Academy prepare to battle each other in a fierce sport called Botaoshi. Up to 300 players square off in an attempt to pull down a three-metre pole held upright by the opposing team. These young men are training to become future leaders in Japan's Self-Defense Forces, and see the game as a test of their physical strength and strategic abilities.

The professional video follows the captains of two Botaoshi teams representing each of two battalions deploying different tactics to lead their team to the victory only one of the teams will experience. [25:55] The first 14:30 of the video are the training and preparation for the contest which occurs on the annual weekend anniversary and open house of the Academy (since 1952). Then the contest and its aftermath. Trophies are presented by Minister of Defense Nakatani and Minister of Maritime Self Defense Force (Navy).








Let's stay with Japan in this post and stay with the Naval Cadet Brigade which we saw above in the athletic contest.

Japan National Defense Academy Naval Cadet Brigade Monthly Parade Practice Sea of White


National Defense Academy is on a peninsula in Tokyo Bay and accommodates all three cadet corps brigades of the Japan Self Defense Force on one giant campus -- Army, Navy, Air Force. This is to foster joint force unity and minimize interservice competition beginning as cadets.

Each cadet corps has its own campus within the larger campus. The Naval cadet brigade is by far the largest cadet corps of the three services -- which tells us something we don't read in the newspapers. That is, the true size of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force -- the Japan Navy. The Naval cadet companies average 16 ranks long (deep) whereas the cadet brigades of the Army and the AF typically extend to 11-12 ranks deep.

The precision, rhythm and unity of the 16 companies in four battalions of the brigade is remarkable. It is in fact outstanding. The parade practice is in the famous Navy Sea of White and occurs in the form of a pass in review, only.
1 Btn Red
2 Btn Blue
3 Btn Green
4 Btn Orange

While each company is stellar, the last company which is in 4 Btn Orange Company 4 is most outstanding. It's the old saying, i.e., save the best for last.
 
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Guns for kids in Russia:


Guns and Cookery: The Russian Military School for Girls


Shooting a Kalashnikov one day, and learning how to cook the next. Such is the timetable for the young recruits at Moscow Cadets' boarding school for girls, the only female military school in Russia. Duration: 01:46







Lipstick and Big Guns in Moscow


A Moscow girls school is providing dozens of young pupils with a very patriotic education. Pupils learn how to be a well-rounded modern Russian women, including basic military training and cooking. Natasha says she doesn't want to join the tank corps because tanks always break down. [2:45] :lamo









Meeting Russia's Young Military Cadets



Despite the current recession in Russia, military spending continues to rise. The armed forces are on a recruitment drive, with special attention being paid to children. Military schools are a traditional part of Russia's education system but are gaining increased attention due to the crisis in Ukraine. [4:53]
 

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I taught at a university in China where I saw this each September. China btw has the USA two semester system so that classes begin in September and again after the Chinese new year in February, except that February is when the new school year begins -- the September semester is the 2nd semester. Army training by PLA officers and NCO is conducted in September because temperatures are still warm in the North and steaming in the South.

I do private tutoring now only so last I looked it was still three weeks and all of it is still done outside because of the enormous number of freshman students which often totals a thousand and more. It's done daily rain or shine and students return to their dorms at 5:30 pm which is when day classes conclude (most learners have night classes too).



Learners know they must do this so they resign themselves to accept it, endure it; make the best of a bad situation. However learners are curious about their PLA. Learners are open to the defense of the homeland that CCP throughout all schooling everywhere preaches vengeance about, i.e., the "century of humiliation" when the Western powers introduced China to the modern world despite fierce Chinese resistance to what were in fact overtures to trade and buy goods.

Producer and narrator of the video knows China and has written in journals that are respected and reputable, such as Foreign Policy where he has a comprehensive piece about the military training of college learners. He points out a salient fact, which is that current generations of students were born in the 1990s and since, so they grew up in an increasingly prosperous China. To make a long story less comprehensive, suffice to say the learners know of the Tienanmen square slaughter of 1989 only from family and peers.

And its more than a cliche to note that in China being overweight is a sign of prosperity which PLA rejects emphatically. PLA in these training sessions attacks the standard sloth, slouch and the sense of entitlement enjoyed by the present generations coming up through the schools. While American style fitness centers are common in urban communities they remain a minor and pricey subculture of the society (I live on a block next to a steadily expanding facility named "California Fitness Center" to which I subscribe).

There's lots of nationalist and "patriotic" instruction and singing. By the time of the third and final week of the basic training the learners are singing the national anthem and other patriotic songs with their hair on fire for China. Learners are happy to finish the regimentation but they definitely do take it with 'em permanently.
 

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And here are the primary school uniformed kids in China getting their dose of military drill, singing, saluting and more....


Military Training in Elementary School Jiujiang, China


I'd mentioned I do private tutoring in CCP so I have learners who are parents and children to include young adults. Parents show me pix of their kid in this kind of formation and drill. Still one has to see it to begin to comprehend it and the video serves the purpose well.

The frumpy uniformed Party Political Officer of the school leads the drill. The children obey the commands to include karate moves. Pupils need to remove their uniforms which are over their school uniforms, fold 'em neatly, then get rushed to put the uniforms back on again. (The girls take pride in their foldings while the boys try to figure front from back and up from down ha.) PLA soldiers come to the front then circulate to shake hands with pupils, salute and also straighten out the soft frumpy caps that are uniformly a disaster area on each kid. We also see some hot young mothers, er, proud parents, looking on and doing their own videotaping.







Chinese University Freshman Students Military Training Parade Clip [1:22]


Each year, new Chinese college and university students take part in a military drill and parade. While China's dubious economy is becoming somewhat open to the world, the daily life is regimented, directed, controlled by the Party-State. This video provids an obvious example.

Nationalistic voices can be heard everywhere, usually between the lines, and particularly among China's younger generation, who are stuck in between different worlds. Having been brought up in a relatively traditional way, they see the world around them changing rapidly.

This video was made on a university campus in the coastal city of Qingdao on the Yellow Sea which is the central base of the PLA Navy North Fleet.

Music used: China's National Anthem: March of the Volunteers
 

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I posted above the cadet parade practice of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (Navy) marching brilliantly in their sea of white. It was a lonely monthly affair at the National Defense Academy on a peninsula of Tokyo Bay. It's the giant campus that accommodates all three cadet corps of the SDF, army, navy, air force, which are banded to promote unity and minimize interservice rivalries. The cadets of all three services wear the identical uniform and have a standard common cadet flag.

I noted the Naval brigade was outstanding.

This video was last month's weekend festival celebrating the anniversary of the NDA -- since 1954. Each day of the weekend base belongs to one of the three cadet crops. This is the MSDF day -- the first day, Friday -- and the pass in review of the Naval cadet brigade for the Minister of the Navy on the review platform.

It's another outstanding performance but I am impelled to say awesome. Each of the 16 companies in the four battalions is indeed outstanding. Yet what makes it awesome is the consistency. Company after company marches with a precision, cadence, unity that is more than uncommon -- it is rare. And the bearing of the cadets is distinctive, accounting for their absolute confidence that they are indeed outstanding.


Japan 2018 National Defense Academy Anniversary Festival Day One, Naval Cadet Brigade Pass in Review




After I saw this video just the other day I did a big favor to the PLA Navy. I sent 'em an email telling 'em to stay home and forget about it. Cause these Japan naval academy cadets are dragon slayers already. Japan said just the other day it is going to upgrade its helicopter carriers to aircraft carriers. It comes from being a strong and wealthy democratic country in a bad neighborhood. A horrendous neighborhood in fact.
 

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This video has PLA training of college students with a distinctly American flavor -- and personality. It was made by an American from the Chicago area who teaches English at the college. The guy is more than a bit eccentric which has a positive effect on the typically stiff Chinese students and PLA trainers, i.e., Chinese say universally Americans are friendly to a fault. Chinese find it to be catchy to 'em when they're around us though.


Chinese University Students Military Training



The students are at a government college for future civil servants. It's three years of specialized education and then into a guaranteed job for life in the Party-Government. Entrance is competitive and provides a gold plated ticket to the comfortable life after graduation. So the students approach is decidedly more cheerful than the typical college student who in the constantly slowing economy faces a dubious employment market at best. I was a visiting lecturer at this kind of college elsewhere in China where students were quite formal.

The American knows more Chinese language than I know -- much more -- but here is some of the basic vocab that he uses. Most of my spellings here are phonetic rather than transliteral.

neehow is of course hello.

may gwo den is I like America (mai guo is Chinese to say America = beautiful country).

zhong gwo den is I like China (zhong being center/central)

ye, ah, san is 1-2-3 of course

hao hao hao is good good good.

sheh sheh = thank you (shi shi in transliteration)

Every Chinese has the home area language and there are more than 200 languages spoken in China. The common language used here is of course Mandarin which in Chinese is called pu tong hua.

The singing is the PLA song. Just after the 7 minute mark the PLA lieutenant says to the platoon seated on the bricks, inciting their laughter at the American, "All the world loves a clown." ;)
 
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If only it weren't official...


Chinese College Students Do a Quickie Talent Show During Break in PLA Military Training


Producer of the video is CGTN which is a Party controlled media of the CCP as virtually all of 'em are. Indeed, while CCP Boyz in Beijing demand a rigid work schedule of most all Chinese -- 6 dayze a week, 10-12 hours a day -- the Boyz know they have to also let some steam blow off. This is one such steamblow.

It's a video of a fairly lively talent show by college students during the lunch break in their training by PLA. It went viral big time in the PRC. It includes breakdancing, gymnastics, a bf-gf couple flashing about; all in all there was a whole lot of booty being shaken. The first two minutes are rather subdued baton twirling then our couple start their jarring to the flashy music and so on with other individual performers. [6:26]

The midday scene looks rather like a typical night club for young people in China of which there are many. That is, there are the club's hot performers shaking their thing while everyone else stands around holding theirs.
 

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This is a fairly good look at components of the Japan Self Defense Force cadet programs of education and training.

Of course in Japan it's not called the Navy, since 1956 when it became the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. Likewise there's the Ground Self Defense Force (Army) and the Air Self Defense Force (Air Force of course). There are more videos available of the MSDF cadets and the GSDF cadets than of the ASDF cadets but I have some of the latter.


Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force March of Officer Candidate School


The tune is Man O'War March which is the signature tune of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (Navy) since 1956.

The JMSDF Officer Candidate School was newly established in 1956 at its historic site on Etajima island, Hiroshima.

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Approximately 440 men and women are selected for one year of training and naval education. Cadets are graduates of the National Defense Academy, civilian universities, and from within the Maritime Self-Defense Force. The school has become famous for its interclass boat training in particular. Cadets are scrambled without notice at any hour to compete on speed, teamwork and the use of good judgement in emergencies. The School has graduated 30,000 MSDF officers since its new foundations were lain.

“The philosophy of ‘learning from the sea’ hasn’t changed from the times of the old Naval Academy,” said Rear Adm. Takayuki Sugimoto, the current superintendent of the school. “‘Carrying on history’ means to change what needs to be changed depending on the times,” Sugimoto said. “We must create a new tradition that looks ahead to 100 years from now.”

https://nationalpost.com/travel/str...ime-officer-candidate-school-in-etajima-japan





This is the cadet bugle corps of the Naval preparatory high technical school at Etajima. It is the final element of the ceremony and review parade we see a part of in the video above but which is excluded from the particular video clip. Graduates of the MSDF prep school qualify to the MSDF cadet brigade of the National Defense Academy at Tokyo Bay.

 

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We have two cadet military academies across the road from the other. One is for boys and it is long established while the other is new and it is for girls.


Russia: Cadets Train at Suvorov Military School


The Moscow branch of the famed Suvorov Military Schools is in its 74th year for cadets aged 10-17.








A New Breed Of Russian Cadets


At the Moscow State Girls Boarding School, young women learn hand-to-hand combat, target shooting and military discipline. They also change into ball gowns for an evening dance with the male cadets from across the street. RFE/RLs Moscow Bureau visited the school, the first and only military academy for Russian girls to learn what goes into training a new generation of Russian officers.
 

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Cadets of Japan Ground Self Defense Force (Army) Preparatory Military High Technical School Set Up Camp For the Summer


We're at Camp Fuji of the GSDF which is the site of the three week summer training camp of the Military High School cadets. I presented a video in scrolling of the advance party at the academy in their final stages of loading up the trucks, after which the corps of cadets lined the road to give 'em a rousing sendoff. Now they've arrived to set up their camp dwelling for the next three weeks. So it's a good thingy they have the Swedish army tents which get set up in 8 easy steps. :lamo :2rofll:

I'd mentioned that ninety percent of graduates of this academy competitive admission prep school continue to the National Defense Academy and a career as officers in the GSDF. The cadets in the video are Year I boys so their age is 15 or 16 and there's considerable laughter and fun in the doing of it, which is less than stellar ha. Their Year 4 cadet supervisors can appreciate it. Regular army nco are absent at their discretion.








Rowing: Final Event of Cadets of Japan GSDF Military Preparatory Academy at Camp Fuji


The joy of victory and the agony of defeat. We see the final event and its aftermath.

Back at the academy it's the final day of the academy year and after the FTX have just concluded. The cadet leader of the Year 1 cadets reads at assembly the selected messages of the cadets at the conclusion of their 3 week Field Training Exercises and their first year as academy cadets -- in what is a shared emotional expression of their comradery.

Parents arrive in the rain to reclaim their sons from the 600 member cadet corps. Before this final event in the auditorium the cadets held the final parade in the rain that they came to know and love throughout the 3rd and final week of their Field Training Exercises. Parents were there in full force.







Final Parade In Rain Concludes the Year at Japan GSDF Military Preparatory High School.


Army cadets have just returned from field training exercises at Camp Fuji, parents are massed there waiting, so the day's final events occur.

This is the second parade for the cadet officers designated for the next academy year. Officers bear swords or sidearm. The first rank of each company are cadet nco. The cadet brigade colors of red and silver march with the chief cadet and his staff. Six hundred cadets are organized in three battalions of three companies each.

1 Btn Gold
2 Btn Red
3 Btn Blue

Btns 1 and 2 are rifle battalions while btn 3 is administrative, so Btn 3 Blue carries the computer pouch. Admin btn speciality is Cyber, EW, IT, AI, satellite etc. All cadets are qualified cadets of infantry which means they're prepared to march on what is a fine infantry morning ha. The ceremonies conclude with a flyover but on this wet day the only chopper is the twin engine transport all cadets have now come to know and to love ha.
 

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Methinks this is a feelgood video to consider viewing during the holidays of sacred observance coupled with glowing good cheer and the welcoming of the new year and future. The same would be true of the video in the post that follows given it is an anniversary celebration of the founding of the military prep school academy of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (Army).

60th Graduation Day Selected Events, Japan Military Academy Preparatory School, Ground Self-Defense Force (Army)

Yokosuka Peninsula, Tokyo Bay, March 21, 2016

Newly graduated cadets of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (Army) Preparatory High Technical School sing the alma mata.


First half of the 30 minute video produced by the academy are in the hall and show edited moments from the graduation ceremony. I jumped from 6:30 to 11:00 to cut out excerpts of the speechmaking (knocked 5 minutes off the total time besides). While we don't need to know the Japanese language to appreciate certain moments -- the reading of testimonials by the graduating cadets -- we finish in the hall with their singing two stirring tunes, "A Soldiers Farewell," and the academy alma mata which the faculty join in singing too, almost all of 'em being grads themselves. Ninety percent of academy grads continue to the National Defense Academy and a career as Army officers.

Outside action includes an excerpt of the traditional farewell parade to the now graduated cadets which changes mood to get humorous. The grads role is to mock and poke fun at the super serious cadets marching to break their discipline. For example, when the spanking new brigade commander and his new staff dourly execute their eyes right the grads mock cheer, roar and howl at 'em that they got it right. When the drill team fires off a volley the grads whoop at 'em big. More along this line in the excerpt that I got a kick out of. The cadet corps maintained their discipline which helped make it all the more humorous. Methinks however someone in the band flipped a bird while grinning but I couldn't find it on rewind.

Then the final formation outside their former dorms led by their regular Army faculty officers who were in charge of 'em all inside for four years. Academy commandant of cadets says farewell and turns it back to the grads own brigade cadet commanders of the past year. Gift time by cadets to the regular Army faculty and enlisted personnel while the charming cadets fumble their way through it amidst chuckles. The cadet corps returns from the parade in their camos to inlude battalion color to toss their favorite grads in the air in three cheers. Lots of emotive embracing all around so some viewers might want to keep wipers handy. Others may be unmoved by the video but that would be quite a feat if possible. Good holiday spirit entertainment, or so I'd think.

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61st Anniversary Parade, Military Preparatory High School of Advanced Technology, Corps of Cadets, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (Army)


September 25, 2016.

Six hundred cadets age 15-19 in the cadet brigade of 9 companies in 3 battalions (regiment really but cadets exist in a brigade). The professionally videoed parade is before a large assemblage of parents and friends of the academy on Yokosuka peninsula, Tokyo Bay. Receiving the review on the platform is the Maj. Gen. who is chief of GSDF Cadet Command and is himself an academy grad. [12:57]

Music By Cadet Corps Band:
Band Pass in Review: Officer of the Day March
Brigade Pass in Review: Battotai Machi (Battalion March)

Order of March:
Chief Cadet & Brigade Staff, Brigade Colors which are a field of Army red containing silver emblem of Japan SDF Cadet Command, the Unicorn Horse, which is the hat brass insignia of all cadets.

1st Battalion (Gold) commander & staff; Btn colors: Gold
1st Btn 3 Rifle Companies which are Brigade Companies 1,2,3 consisting mainly of underclass cadets of years 1&2 (frosh; soph)

2nd Btn (Red) commander & staff; Btn colors: Red
2nd Btn (Red) 3 Rifle Companies, Bde cpys 4,5,6 consisting primarily of upperclass cadets years 3&4 (jr; sr)

3rd Btn (Blue) 3 Function cpys which are Bde cpys 7,8,9 each company having all four class year of cadets. See below plse thx for further details. While 3 Btn Blue does not carry weapons it is a btn of cadet infantry qualified in weapons and tactics.

Rank and Rank Insignia
Cadets at the GSDF prep academy wear rank insignia on the chest, centered above left pocket. The academy is famously/notoriously miserly in awarding rank. Only the most exceptional of cadets are awarded rank, so we don't see many rank badges on chests out there. Still, if you ask a cadet company commander for instance whether he'd rather have the rank of cadet captain not having a command position or be a company commander without the rank he's going to say be a company commander. The vast number of cadets spend four years at the anonymous rank of E-3 equivalent in US which rank is displayed only on the standard Army green uniform of the cadets.

Rank Equivalent:
Chief Cadet of the Corps of Cadets and Cadet Brigade Commander (1): Cadet Colonel
Brigade Staff Officer (4): Cadet Lieutenant Colonel

Battalion Commander (3): Cadet Lieutenant Colonel
Battalion Staff Officer (9): Cadet Major (3x3)

Company Commander (9): Cadet Captain.

There are no company lieutenants as cadet nco who march in the front rank of each company at sling arms are squad leaders responsible directly to the cadet captain company commander. The Band cadet SGM is both leader and commander of the Band given there isn't any cadet officer of it. I like btw a color bearer cadet carrying the flag who has put secretly his own dial into the flagstaff that turns the flag full front foward under all conditions of wind and weather, ha, as the cadet clearly has done who bears the brigade colors, so we can plainly see the unicorn horse, ha.

3 Battalion Blue is a function btn meaning they focus their education and preparation on the highest technologies: cyber, electronic jamming (to include penetration), info tech, artificial intelligence, satellite and space etc, to include nuclear energy which no one there likes to mention, understandably. So 3 Btn Blue carry a computer case or brief case rather than a sword or rifle, although as I've pointed out 3 btn cadets learn, drill and field train in infantry as well as in their particular functions. The carry your symbolic pouch standard is true throughout the regular JSDF in parades and ceremonies on post and in the civilian community.


Distinguished Marching Mention
Battalion (1 of 3): 3 Btn Blue
Company (2 of 9): 6th Cpy = First Mention; 5th Cpy = Second Mention
Company Commander (2/9): the 5 Cpy Cdr = First Mention; the 2 Cpy Cdr = Second Mention.
Company Color Bearer (2/9): the 5 Cpy Colors = 1st Mention; the 2 Cpy Colors = 2nd Mention.

I'm an invenerate judge (& used to be scorer) of these things always given my history in US Army in Washington DC. I'd add the comment that the 9 cpy itself killed it out there but they haven't rifles to deal with and their cpy cmdr was out of arm rythm; the 3 cpy was very good but stated in brief not tight enough, i.e., having visibly weaving files/columns no matter how slightly. Hey, I take nothing away from these cadets and their units -- they are outstanding. I shredded West Point cadets scoring 'em on their Plain one time and the closeby Annapolis middies more than once so no one is immune, to include myself out there. You're going to get scored and dinged on your best day whatever it is and don't we know it. ;)
 
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Happy New Year to Cadets Everywhere and to Everyone.


Putin on the Ritz! Russian Cadets Enjoy a Night of Dancing at Annual Military Ball


Russia's soldiers of the future don their finery for the International Kremlin Cadet Ball in Moscow's oldest merchant court.

The annual military ball sees around 1,000 cadet soldiers don their finest dress for a night of balling with their peers.
Young lads swap the the parade ground for the ballroom to dance the night away. The comfort girls are provided courtesy of the benevolent state. Cadets are mainly from Russia but are also from other parts of Europe as far as Spain and Greece.

The annual ball began in 2012 for the cadets, many of whom are orphans and who are encouraged to join up as military cadets. So let's call it the Putin Adopt a Cadet Orphan Compensatory Program Due To The Magnitsky Act by the USA. We recall Putin prohibited Americans adopting eligible Russian children because of the the Magnitsky Act. We also recall Putin had the dissident Magnitsky murdered in custody.






Russian Military Cadets Enjoy a Night of Dancing at Annual Ball



AP Archive
Published on Dec 17, 2017

(12 Dec 2017) Moscow's International Kremlin Cadet Ball is a picture of discipline, pomp and splendour.

Girls in billowing dresses twirl across the dance floor, immaculately dressed young men line the hall in orderly rows, and teachers bark out orders, trying to get their students to keep time. The Grand March is done in step of course. Of course.

For many it's a fairytale chance to experience the grandeur of Russia's czarist traditions. With its string quartets, traditional dance routines and patriotic speeches, the event harks back to a bygone era.

"I'm a bit scared, to be honest," said 13-year-old Masha Pavlenkova, one of a family of six. "I don't want to make a mistake.""The main thing is to do your best, to study well and to believe in yourself," said 13-year-old Andrei Amurskov.

Patriotic pride underpinned the evening. More than 1,000 students, from both general and military schools, travelled to Moscow from 42 different regions for the ball, including the Sakha Republic in Russia's Arctic North and the Crimea annexed from Ukraine in 2014.

Lyudmila Vanina, one of the ball's organisers, says the event offers children an opportunity to meet and talk with war veterans and heroes of the Soviet Union. Contrary to its image, the ball is not the preserve of the rich - many children come from poor family backgrounds or orphanages. "There are lots of people from different family backgrounds, anyone can be a cadet and that's really shown here," said Leonid Dontsov, 16.

For a group of orphans from Krasnoyarsk in eastern Siberia and a cadet school from Yakutia in the Far North, the event offered students their first chance to visit the Russian capital. Natalya Miroshkina, a teacher from Samara, noted the "huge diversity" of children from different schools, regions and backgrounds. "We have to teach our children the importance of patriotism," she said. "They need to value their history, love their past and protect their future."







Then there was this earlier in 2018.

Putin got a lot of butt hurt over this one:

Support Grows for Russian Cadets Over Bawdy Viral Dance Video

Russians Dance in Solidarity After Cadets’ Video Sparks Scandal


Advisory: While nothing is exposed in this dance music video, it may not be appropriate for all viewers.


Reported by France 24
The two-minute long video shows 14 scantily clad male cadets aged 16 and 17 at the Civil Aviation Institute in Ulyanovsk (UIGA) shaking their booties and lip syncing to the tune of "Satisfaction" by Italian DJ Benny Benassi, a house anthem from the early 2000s (which was known for its own erotic music video). One cadet pilot eats a banana, another sprays a window with cleaning spray, while yet another uses a drill – all pretty suggestive actions, in this context. To what degree the video was a joke is still unknown, but it certainly sparked reactions all across Russia.

The fact the cadet pilots at the prestigious academy survived the Conservative backlash is likely to be encouraging in these respects. Putin said nothing throughout the controversy which ended more than reasonably well for the spunky cadets.
 

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Let's look at some of the junior cadets of the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (Navy)

Sasebo Naval Base Junior Cadets Community Festival Parade


We have six companies of junior naval cadets of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Open School at Sasebo Naval base. Ages 16-19 the cadets live and study at the Open School on base on only their parent's signature which some cadets have to pry out of 'em but they get it. All of these cadets are eagerly engaged, as one can see.

The six companies are divided into two units. The first four companies are senior cadets with a basic rank. The second grouping are two companies of newer cadets who haven't any rank at this point. The only cadets bearing rifles -- there are no swords -- are the color guard. The colors are the JMSDF Naval Ensign (flag) which is always big. (The 'meatball' on white flag remains the national standard -- sun in the sky as it were.) The band is a regular MSDF unit from the Sasebo base which plays only the signature tune of the JMSDF, Man O'War March and more power to 'em cause it's an excellent review tune on sea or land. [10:25]

Being an inveterate judge (and used to be scorer) I award the following distinctions of marching and maneuvering:

Company Mention (2 of 6):
First Mention: the 3 company
Second Mention: the 4 company

Company Commander (2/6):
1st Mention: the 2 company commander
2nd Mention: 6 company commander

Company Color Bearer (2/6):
1st Mention: 3 color bearer (orange) who on a scale of 1-10 scores 12.
2nd Mention: 2 color bearer.

Of mention also is each of the two scout cadets who march before each of the two groups of companies. The first cadet shows how smoothly a cadet can march with both hands out and high in front, which is quite a trick to keep from bouncing. This cadet presents and honors his uniform well besides, thus honoring himself too. The second cadet ahead of the final two companies shows how easily it is to bounce under the circumstance but does well nontheless.

Interesting is that the six cadet company commanders divide readily into two groups: smaller cadets who are tight and well disciplined, and big cadets who are loose and frumpy. Small, tight and well disciplined are cadets commanding companies 1,2,6. Big and loose are cadets commanding 3,4,5. The first group draws attention to their authority, leadership, command, confidence. The second group draw attention to how each impacts his company with his own swagger and bold leadership. There's something to be said of each kind of 'em of course. Cadets seem to respond more readily to the second group who seem to infect their charges with their own kind of strong personality. They're all young yet of course. Babies.

(I jump this video to the 2 minute mark to pass over the unsightly preliminaries ha. In other words we see the truism that not everyone can march. Also of some note the momentarily ill prepared camera operator who's otherwise good gives us a bum steer at the end in rotating awkwardly to catch the 6 company marching away ha.)







Japan Naval Junior Cadets Pier March To Sea Training: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (Navy)



Japan naval junior cadets of the Maritime Self Defense Force ages 13 - 16 do the traditional Pier March as they embark to sea training from the Etajima Island Naval District Center at Hiroshima Bay. Led by the regular MSDF Band, once again we have the signature tune of the JMSDF,Man O'War March.

The video shows only the Pier March onto the dock bulkhead. Not shown but of interest I should think, the cadets are taken by boats to an anchored destroyer to spend the day and evening cruising to the 200 mile territorial limit and back. On board the destroyer and underway the cadets are given a tour of the ship in groups, eat on the destroyer deck, sing the Cherry Blossom Song followed by each squad singing a song of its own choice.

Cadets at the base are housed and schooled in a large four storey building next to the Officer Candidate School with which the cadet corps is associated. With increasingly menacing behaviors and attitudes by Japan's immediate neighbors, China, North Korea, Russia, the Tokyo government is taking numerous steps to assure the public its self defense forces are strong and being reinforced to protect the homeland. [4:19]
2016.8.26
 
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Many people came home for the holidays so let's look at cadets in the good ol' USA. With the holidays behind us we can appreciate the daily routine of senior Rotc cadets as it is not. Except for the first video which is a good and fast moving straightforward presentation, the second and third videos deal with opposite reality. That is, the things cadets don't say and then the things cadets do say.

For example, don't say: Cadet on his cellphone: "Sorry babe, I got PT in the morning."

Do say: "You're guidon bearer for change of command...good luck bro."



First, let's go by the book...

Duke University Inside Look at the Army ROTC Program


In this professional fast moving video we hear from officer cadets who are progressing through the Army Rotc program at Duke University. Captain Charles Bies a company commander in 82nd Airborne and a grad of Duke Rotc is the voiceover through the brief tour of the program with a focus on leadership development. [3:16]





Stuff Cadets Don't Say, Army Rotc, University of Grand Canyon


"This is pure satire, everyone calm down."
[4:51]





Stuff Cadets Do Say: Air Force Rotc University of Central Florida Orlando


AFROTC Detachment 159 of a very detached corps of cadets.

The final minute are out takes but it's impossible to notice any difference from the body of the video. [8:25]

LMAO.
 

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Let's go one more time with Rotc cadet made parody of the college Rotc experience.

There are plenty of these online which provides an interesting and informative insight into the contemporary college Rotc cadet during the four years of prepping to become a commissioned officer in the armed forces. The focus is on PT which is good (and which is true also and generally in high school junior Rotc).

College Rotc which is in its 100th year of implementation has become a liberalizing factor to the officer corps, i.e., in contrast for the most part to the strict 24/7 regimentation of the federal service academies and the six designated "senior" state sponsored and supported Rotc programs at Citadel, Norwich, VMI, Texas A&M, University of North Georgia, Virginia Tech. One won't find any Rotc or Academy parody videos online from the full time programs so enjoy what the part time cadets of regular civilian college Rotc have to offer about 'em and it.





"Do's and "Don't"s of Army ROTC


University of Cincinnati Army ROTC and Five Star Focus Media present the Dos and Don'ts of the Army ROTC while in uniform. There's a Cadet Bouncer Dorsonking in just about any unit, i.e., the one who's heavily into enforcing the rules. This parody treats it well with some imagination, or so it could seem.







Sh*t the ODU Battalion Says: Army Rotc Parody By Cadets at Old Dominion University, Virginia


From the cadet producer:
"We Army ROTC cadets at Old Dominion University (commonly known as The Old Dirty) have become quite a well bonded unit... and quite the typical cadet battalion at the same time. This is the "Sh*t the ODU Battalion Says".... I know the censoring is really crappy.... but hey... I'm no George Lucas."







Sh!t Civilians Say to Veterans


From the producer:
"No Veterans were harmed in the making of this product. Actually, everyone in the production served or serves in one way or the other."
 

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The Japan GSDF (Army) Academy Prep School held its annual sports day competition to include a vast variety of challenging events. In this video we see a couple of dozen academy clubs and organizations sending competitors onto the running track seeking dominance in this contest of the overall events. It's called the Encounter Relay and here's what and why.

I found it fairly hilarious most of the time in that the cadets had to do more than just run a relay race. For example the swim team entrants had to run their relays in frogman flippers. (Or izzit flappers?)


Japan Ground Self Defense Force Preparatory Technical Academy Sports Competition & Field Day


Apr 28, 2018 Encounter Relay. Numerous contests occur simultaneously along the track.


*The fencing team contestants had to don their head to toe protective gear and fight one from another team using pugil sticks while they ran the track -- it looked like two of Darth Vader whacking it out as they shuffled along to the cadets razzing 'em and having a laugh along the sidelines.
*Each drill team cadet had to run in full uniform while twirling his rifle. Twenty pushups for each drop on this hot and hazy day.
*Baseball team players had to run swinging the bat and slide into a base at each relay station. One player swung his bat into the butt of a judo boy which got the slugger thrown onto the middle of the track to the delight of the cadets watching and cheering on their team
*The brigade supply staff team got their due by having each of 'em run carrying an inflated pup tent. (It's called military justice.)

And so on.


The video is taken at a relay station so we get to see the numerous team entrants by their particular variety of clothing as the anxious cadets mill around watching and each relay runner takes up his position to receive the handoff and fumble it, er, go. Cadet teams have a contingent at the relay station to egg on their own teammates and to laugh their asses off at the predicament of runners from other teams grappling with the particular challenge each faces in running his leg of the relay. [7:00]

Lotsa mock cheers going on here...
 

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Prospective Rotc cadets compete to receive an Army scholarship, but first they must go through the infamous scholarship board that consists of very strange regular Army cadre members -- as presented in the video parody. The prerequisite is of course to be accepted to the college or university first. Then apply to Rotc, then apply for a scholarship.


Penn State Army Rotc Military Science I Skit: Scholarship Board Parody


Three cadets of MS III (college juniors) portray the regular Army assistant professor of military science Captain Rizzo, Master Sergeant Dukes (R) and the unstable Sergeant First Class E-7 "Badass" Allman (L). Fortunately for the Army and the Marines not every SFC E-7 or Gunnery Sergeant E-7 of Marines is a psycho as presented humorously in the video by the Rotc cadets at Penn State. The gal cadet in the skit was in high school junior Rotc, in Miami hence the music on her entry into the interview, which runs parallel to my own experience in Junior Rotc in high school. It is a leg up in the scholarship consideration process by the uni cadre which makes its decisive recommendation to Department of the Army.

An Rotc scholarship of any armed service is competitive and tough to nail down as a four year award given tuition and fees at a public college or university run in a neighborhood average of $100,000. At a private college or university it's typically more than double that, or $250,000.


Additional:

Cost to the taxpayer per cadet at West Point is roughly the same as at a private college, or $250,000 which is the highest of the three service academies (Annapolis is least). So as we say in the Army you get what you pay for hah. The USMA sum covers military costs, barracks, food.

As for Rotc, cadets get room and board, book allowances and a monthly "allowance." The Rotc additional and current monthly allowance begins at $300 and increases to $600 during the final two years. West Point cadets allowance starts at $900 per month which increases variably in the final two years. When I was in Rotc 1962-66 we got $40 bucks a month which was increased to $50 bless 'em but only by the Rotc Act of 1964 that reorganized, refinanced and restructured Rotc.

Separation and recoupment: With some separations, the cadet must perform service as an enlisted; with others the cadet must reimburse the Army; still others qualify as exempt and without further obligation. Monies owed because the cadet did not fulfill a later military service requirement are not dischargable under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. I did not have any of this experience as I completed my program successfully and graduated into the Army and fulfilled my military service obligation via active duty with an honorable character of separation after the contractually required four years.
 

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Prospective Rotc cadets compete to receive an Army scholarship, but first they must go through the infamous scholarship board that consists of very strange regular Army cadre members -- as presented in the video parody. The prerequisite is of course to be accepted to the college or university first. Then apply to Rotc, then apply for a scholarship.


Penn State Army Rotc Military Science I Skit: Scholarship Board Parody


Three cadets of MS III (college juniors) portray the regular Army assistant professor of military science Captain Rizzo, Master Sergeant Dukes (R) and the unstable Sergeant First Class E-7 "Badass" Allman (L). Fortunately for the Army and the Marines not every SFC E-7 or Gunnery Sergeant E-7 of Marines is a psycho as presented humorously in the video by the Rotc cadets at Penn State. The gal cadet in the skit was in high school junior Rotc, in Miami hence the music on her entry into the interview, which runs parallel to my own experience in Junior Rotc in high school. It is a leg up in the scholarship consideration process by the uni cadre which makes its decisive recommendation to Department of the Army.

An Rotc scholarship of any armed service is competitive and tough to nail down as a four year award given tuition and fees at a public college or university run in a neighborhood average of $100,000. At a private college or university it's typically more than double that, or $250,000.


Additional:

Cost to the taxpayer per cadet at West Point is roughly the same as at a private college, or $250,000 which is the highest of the three service academies (Annapolis is least). So as we say in the Army you get what you pay for hah. The USMA sum covers military costs, barracks, food.

As for Rotc, cadets get room and board, book allowances and a monthly "allowance." The Rotc additional and current monthly allowance begins at $300 and increases to $600 during the final two years. West Point cadets allowance starts at $900 per month which increases variably in the final two years. When I was in Rotc 1962-66 we got $40 bucks a month which was increased to $50 bless 'em but only by the Rotc Act of 1964 that reorganized, refinanced and restructured Rotc.

Separation and recoupment: With some separations, the cadet must perform service as an enlisted; with others the cadet must reimburse the Army; still others qualify as exempt and without further obligation. Monies owed because the cadet did not fulfill a later military service requirement are not dischargable under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. I did not have any of this experience as I completed my program successfully and graduated into the Army and fulfilled my military service obligation via active duty with an honorable character of separation after the contractually required four years.

In the 80's we got $100, but I was also working full time while I was in school at a union grocery store making $9.21 an hour plus 10-15 hours of overtime a week. I took a paycut when I went on active duty. ;)
 
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