So there I was (every great narrative has to start this way) thinking of all the hard questions I've received as the Commandant of Hargrave Military Academy. "Why did my son do that?", "Why do I have to study _______ subject?", "Why did that Cadet say that about me?", "Why do I have to walk 10 Bull Ring tours?". Happily, I received the easy question of "what is structure?"
Actually, the answer is not as simple as the question. It is easy to explain the contents of structure; discipline, rank or hierarchy, responsibilities, established expectations, well-communicated goals, awards and rewards, and organization. These elements make up this thing called structure.
Explaining structure is like explaining a chocolate chip cookie to someone who is not familiar. It is sweet, maybe chewy, maybe crunchy, it is golden brown with the dark pieces of edible plant bean called chocolate, and may have tree seeds called nuts. It is made of dough but is neither bread nor roll, nor cake.
Structure is what gives shape to and provides confidence in the world around us. Just as in a house, the walls, floor, and roof are the structure and their soundness gives us confidence in its purpose to shelter and protect us. The Hargrave Military Academy program of discipline, schedules, organization, rank, responsibilities, accountability, and expectations are proven and sound. That consistency and soundness provide shelter and protection for Cadets.
Cadets who embrace the Hargrave structured program find that instead of being confined or restrained, they are liberated to expend their energy learning and maximizing their opportunities in personal growth and across our four pillars of academics, athletics/fitness, spiritual development, and character development.
LtCol Morris was born and raised in Oklahoma, spending most of his time in Luther OK, a small rural farming community on Historic Route 66. He joined the Army when he was 17 and spent 8.5 years as an Infantry soldier and Drill Sergeant.
He finished a degree in Psychology/Sociology at Oklahoma State University and joined the United States Marine Corps, where after attending OCS was commissioned as an officer and assigned to fly the CH-53E helicopter. He has multiple deployments throughout the world including 10 combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq since 9-11. He has served with all branches of the U.S. Military, conventional and Special Operations, and with multiple Coalition and Allied forces. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel serving as a Squadron Commander and leading great Americans in a very successful combat deployment to Afghanistan.
The Hargrave Military Academy Corps of Cadets is currently building a core group of specially trained Cadets able to assume control and train others. The world outside of the safety of Hargrave is dangerous and hard, and our Cadets must be prepared to face those challenges with mental and physical... more
We are excited to welcome Don Haston back to campus as our Director of Facilities. Don is an alumnus, a former Hargrave Board Member and recently stepped down as the head of Haston General Contractors in Charlotte, North Carolina. "The Lord led me to give back to this school that gave so much to... more
Many of you might not be familiar with the sport of competitive small bore (.22) rifle shooting. To explain a little, each team brings 8 marksmen. Each individual shoots 10 scoring targets at each position: prone, standing and kneeling. Each shooter can earn a possible 300 points. To determine the... more
For the past 2.5 years the Hargrave Center for Leadership and Ethics has made improvements to the classroom with the introduction of a new theme wall and furniture to provide a lounge/study area for students in the Leadership 1 and 2 Courses. These and other improvements were made possible by a... more
Sunday morning the juniors received a junior retreat ribbon to wear on their uniform blouse as well as a bracelet to remind them of this special weekend. They all signed a flag that will hang for the rest of this year and next year.
I want to thank you all for sending in the information we asked... more
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