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Summer Leadership & Character Development Academy
Posted 10/17/19

SLCDA will take place aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., June 15-20, 2020. Application window - 10/1 - 1/31/20

If you are a high school sophomore or junior selected to participate in the Summer Leadership and Character Development Academy (SLCDA), you will spend six days learning how to lead from those who define the virtues of character and ethical decision-making: United States Marines.

  • Must be a high school sophomore or junior (class of 2021 or 2022).
  • Must be 16 to 18 years old by the academy start date (June 15, 2020).
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent.
  • Applicants must complete a 500 word essay about "How you plan to make a difference if given the opportunity to attend SLCDA".
  • Must receive a minimum of one reference (teacher, administrator, coach, mentor). Cannot be a parent, family member or a member of Marine Corps Recruiting Command.
  • Possess strong moral and ethical standards.
  • Current Physical within one year of the academy.
  • Perform well on the Initial Strength Test. *An IST is not required for selection, but will be considered if submitted as part of the application. The IST cannot be monitored by a member of Marine Corps Recruiting Command.
  • While athletics, school leadership positions and service-oriented activities are not required, they are important to the overall selection process.
  • Participation in Reserve Officer Training Corps programs is not required.
  • Students cannot be a member of the Delayed Entry Program.

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