Many people seem to already have an idea about what they think military schools are like. These misconceptions are often fueled by what they see in movies and on TV and how military schools are portrayed there. Most of the time, these schools are portrayed as places where problematic teens and children are sent so that they will be “fixed”. They come back as tough, disciplined, broken; all-in-all, a shadow of what they used to be.
In real life, youth military education isn’t about breaking the spirit of the youth and turning them into mindless automatons. Military schools do instill honor, discipline, and a desire to pursue excellence, but not in the ways that some people think they do. Here are a few of the most common myths surrounding military schools and the truths that parents and young people should know:
Myth #1: Military school is like prison. Nobody ever gets to visit you there.
Truth: It’s not true that military schools are so strict that they’re like prison for their students. Most military schools will not allow students to use mobile phones during class hours, but they can do so after classes. They can also use the phone or accept calls during those times. Most military schools will also let their students attend community gatherings, social mixes, and more. Families and friends can also visit once in a while.
Myth #2: Youth Military Education entails a physically rigorous curriculum
Truth: Military schools do put a lot of value on physical fitness and sports programs. There are also schools where physical training programs patterned after military-style programs are available. However, it’s not usually mandatory for everybody. Not everyone is required to participate in drills and physically rigorous training, although those who are interested to join them may join. There are other ways to cultivate leadership skills in students, not just through physical exercises.
Many people mistake military schools for boot camps where military-style physical exercises are made mandatory for everyone, regardless of their physical and emotional standing. Many such boot camps use physical punishment, intimidation, as well as confrontation to attain behavior modification. This is something you will not see in military education systems.
Myth #3: Military schools are made up of troubled teens
Truth: You’ve probably seen this often in movies; troubled, rebellious teenagers being carted off to military school to get back on track. However, in real life, military schools don’t usually accept teens with attitude and behavioral problems. In fact, military schools have a stringent admissions process where students with good academic performance as well as recommendations are more likely to get accepted.
Military schools are not designed in the same way as therapeutic boarding schools are. They have a different purpose, and so they admit students who fit what they can provide. Troubled teens are more likely to get better when enrolled in therapeutic boarding schools rather than military schools because they will get the kind of help that they need.
Myth #4: Going to a military school is a sure way to get into military academies
Truth: While going to a military school gives you a certain edge in terms of academic preparedness and attitude, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re sure to get a ticket to military academies. These academies admit students from any kind of school, and students from military schools don’t get preferential treatment.