"Assisting fathers to win and keep
the hearts of their 8 to 17-year-old sons"

Joining ALERT Cadet

Basic Training

The very first step in becoming an ALERT Cadet is to complete the ALERT Cadet Basic Training Manual. The ALERT Cadet Basic Training Manual is completed at home by both the father and son(s) and can take as little as four weeks to complete. Successful completion of the ALERT Cadet Basic Training Manual is a prerequisite for membership as an ALERT Cadet.

Apply online.

Enroll an Additional Son into Basic Training

Download the Welcome to ALERT Cadet (A Parent Guide) PDF. This is an overview of the entire ALERT Cadet program along with FAQs.

Successful completion of the ALERT Cadet Basic Training Manual is a prerequisite for Advancement as an ALERT Cadet and participation in ALERT Cadet sponsored camps.

Basic Training Costs

There is a (one time) fee of $35 per family, plus $5 per booklet for the ALERT Cadet Basic Training materials. Additional sons in the same family may enroll for a booklet charge of $5 at age eight.


In order to better help meet the individual needs of Cadet families, and ease the financial burden for some, purchasing the uniform items is no longer required in order to progress through the ALERT Cadet program, until a Cadet enters the Leadership Training Corps (LTC). If you are not a member of an active Unit, you do not attend Unit meetings, and you don’t plan on attending any official ALERT Cadet sponsored camps, you are not required to purchase the uniforms. If you attend meetings and/or you would like to attend an ALERT Cadet sponsored camp, you will need to purchase the required uniform items, as directed by the Unit Leader or Camp Leader.

The cost of the basic Duty Uniform package is $49. This package includes the BDU pants, Marine cover, ALERT Cadet T-Shirt, and BDU belt.

Are you already in Basic Training, and want to order your uniform? No problem! There is a new link below to order just your uniforms. The cost of Advancement is now just $99 per person. At Advancement, you will earn a rank, be able to wear an ALERT Cadet Chambray, and start working though the Novice Handbook. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

NEW! Order your duty uniform package here.

What happens after Basic Training? Advancement!

Welcome to Advancement! When you have finished your Basic Training Manual, send us a copy of your completion certificate, along with a family photograph, advancement application, and uniform order form, along with your method of payment to ALERT Cadet Headquarters.  Advancement is when you earn your rank and begin to work through your handbooks, earn ribbons and become a more active member of your assigned unit. At this point you will receive:

  • An ALERT Cadet Chambray with all the patches
  • A Membership card
  • A Novice Handbook
  • An ALERT Cadet Journal

Advancement Application – 2014 Edition

Duty Uniform (Basic Training) Order Form – 2014 Edition

Chambray (Advancement) Order Form – 2014 Edition

Advancement Fees

The cost of Advancement is $99.00 per person if you purchased your Basic Training uniform prior to Advancement. If you do not want to order the Chambray at this time, you can still advance without it! However, all Cadets must have their Chambray upon entering the Leadership Training Corps (LTC). If you are a family who is active in ALERT Cadets but are not members of an active Cadet Unit, and if you don’t intend on attending Cadet Unit meetings, you are no longer required to purchase the Chambray. Without the Chambray, your Advancement cost will be only $69.00 per person. If you advance with this option, you can choose to order the Chambray at a later date for only $39.00. If, however, you attend Unit meetings, or if you plan on attending any ALERT Cadet sponsored camps, you must have all the required uniform items.