Friday Link Around: Senior Military Colleges, Leadership, & the Aggie Corps

scan0118The leadership lessons I learned as a member of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets were among the most formative of my military career. That’s me and my buddies after we marched past the reviewing stand at Final Review. We’d be leaving the Corps and each other following that Review. I certainly continued to learn and practice leadership, but my time in the Corps gave me a great start.

Tomorrow, I’m honored to be a presenter at the inaugural Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Intentional Leadership Conference, so this week the links are about the Aggie Corps, the Senior Military Colleges, and the leadership lessons from the military.

So, what are the Senior Military Colleges? They are the schools with corps of cadets and military training programs that maintain the same standards as the Service academies (West Point, Annapolis, the Air Force Academy, the Coast Guard Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy). The Senior Military Colleges produce a significant number of officers, and do it in a full time military environment. For example, during World War II, Texas A&M produced more officers than any other school including the Service academies. The Senior Military Colleges are: Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, The Citadel, Norwich University, University of North Georgia, and the Virginia Military Institute.

In addition to offering Reserve Officer Training Corps commissioning programs, they offer leadership training programs:

Texas A&M Hollingsworth Leadership Development Program

Virginia Tech Corps Leadership Program

Citadel Leader Development Program

Norwich Master of Science in Leadership

North Georgia Corps of Cadets Boar’s Head Brigade

Virginia Military Institute Leadership and Ethics

Finally, here’s a little Aggie motivation for you: the Ross Volunteer Company’s Parents Weekend  Drill–it’s the culmination of a year of drill and parades for the state’s oldest student organization.


Mickey's Rules for Leaders eBook CoverMickey believes everyone can reach high levels of performance if inspired and led. During his 28 year US Air Force career Mickey commanded thousands of Airmen, managed portfolios worth billions of dollars, and worked with military, civil, and industry officials around the world. He is a Distinguished Graduate from the Eisenhower School at National Defense University in Washington DC.

Mickey is the author of seven books, including Leading Leaders: Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating Teams and The 5 Be’s For Starting Out. He’s a frequent contributor to industry publications and writes for his own Leading Leaders blog, and

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