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Fourth Class System and Leader Development

The Fourth Class System creates the discipline and instills the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect which is expected of principled leaders in all walks of life. It is deliberately and appropriately stressful while always remaining positive, professional, and purposeful. It creates artificial stress to accelerate and make second nature the habits of self-discipline, teamwork, and a collective sense of accountability for everyone on the team.

While the “Fourth Class System” is the foundation of The Citadel Experience, it is merely the base-line of the much more important “four class system” of leader development. After completing this “prepare” stage their freshmen year, cadets advance to the “engage,” “serve,” and “lead” stages each of their three upperclass years. In each stage, the cadet learns new skills and has increased responsibilities that collectively work together to produce principled leaders. As challenging as the four class system is, cadets soon learn that responsibilities of a leader far outweigh those of a follower.

 

*** Training materials grid is in progress but currently under construction ***

Project Overview

Slide Presentation

Master List of MICs

Ways Ahead

Lesson Plan Format

 Expectations

 Skills

 Feedback

Consequences

Growth 

Introduction to Fourthclass System

Mission / Intent / Concept

Introduction to Fourthclass System OPORD

Purpose of Fourthclass System Class

Introduction to the Fourthclass System Expectations Class

Cadet Leader Development Training

Mission / Intent / Concept

CLDT Training Objectives

CLDT Op Order

CLDT POI

CLDT Training Calendar

CLDT Rodeo frago

CLDT Rodeo Scoresheets

Template for Battalion Commander’s Readiness Recommendation

Counseling

Mission / Intent / Concept

Initial Fourthclass Counseling Sample 1

Initial Fourthclass Counesling Sample 2

Train the Trainer Materials

CLDT Roles and Responsibilities Tasker (Squad Leader)

Kelly Cup

Mission / Intent / Concept

CLDT Roles and Responsibilities Tasker (Drill Master)

Opord Example

Practice / Preliminary Schedules & Scoresheets

Parents' Day Promotion

Mission / Intent / Concept

LOI on Process

Parents' Day Briefing

Fourthclass Regulations and Traditions

Mission / Intent / Concept

Chapter 3 of Blue Book

Challenge Week

Mission / Intent / Concept

Training Objectives

OPORD

POI

Training Schedule

Lesson Plans

Task Tracker for Squad Leaders

CLDT Roles and Responsibilities Tasker (Platoon Sergeant)

Senior Mentor Program

Mission / Intent / Concept

Leadership Training Program (LTP) Lesson Plan

Senior Mentor Program Expectations for Fourthclass Cadets

CLDT Roles and Responsibilities Tasker (Executive Officer)

Senior Mentor Program Development Checklist and End of Mentorship Report

Fourthclassman Individual Development Plan and Program Evaluation

Regimental
Commander’s
Bowl

Mission / Intent / Concept

LOI on Award & Criteria

CLDT Roles and Responsibilities Tasker (Company Commander)

Recognition Weekend and 
Gauntlet

Mission / Intent / Concept

Recognition Day Briefing

Gauntlet Station Powerpoint

Athletic and other Event Support

Mission / Intent / Concept

LOI on Process

Frago Example

Beach Day Opord

Cadre Period

Mission / Intent / Concept

Training Objectives

POI’s and Lesson Outlines

Training Calendar

Job Book

 

Cadre Rodeo

Mission / Intent / Concept

FRAGO

Task List

Score Sheets and Criteria

Company Commander's Readiness Certification Template

 

Recognition Weekend March to
Marion Square

Mission / Intent / Concept

Event LOI

Recognition Op Order

The Guidon

Mission / Intent / Concept

Timeline for Guidon Production

Guidon CRS 

Guidon pdf

Physical Training

Mission / Intent / Concept

Training Schedule

4C PT SOP

4C PT Plan

4C CPFT SOP

CLDT Roles and Responsibilities Tasker (Athletic Officer)

 

 

Corrective Push-ups

Mission / Intent / Concept

Chapter 3 of Blue Book

Inspections

Mission / Intent / Concept

CLDT Roles and Responsibilities Tasker (Platoon Leader)

“How to Inspect”  Class

Sample SOP

 

 

Leadership Training Program

Mission / Intent / Concept

Annual LTP Schedule

Lesson Outlines

 

Cadre Leadership Award

Mission / Intent / Concept

LOI on Process of Selection                                                Announcement Example   

 

Fourthclass Duties and Details

Mission / Intent / Concept

CLDT Roles and Responsibilities Tasker (First Sergeant)

Fourth-Class Duties and Details

Gallery / Quadrangle Sweep/Police Detail Checklist

Outside Barracks Police Detail Checklist

Brass Detail Checklist

 

Cadre CPT Exercise

Mission / Intent / Concept

Training Objectives

Parris Island LOI

Lesson Outlines

Linkage between LEADERS and Stations

 

Milton D. Bonnoitt Award

Mission / Intent / Concept

Award Descriptions and Criteria

Announcement Example

CLDT Roles and Responsibilities Tasker (Human Affairs Officer)

Fourthclass Knowledge

Mission / Intent / Concept

Required Knowledge

Fourthclass Knowledge Tracking Log

“Leader’s Discussion Guide to Fourthclass Knowledge”

 

 

 

Pearlstine Award

Mission / Intent / Concept

Award Descriptions and Criteria

Announcement Example

CLDT Roles and Responsibilities Tasker (Academic Officer)

 

Corporals’ Academy

Mission / Intent / Concept

Syllabus

Training Outlines/ Practical Exercises

 

 

 

 

Most Influential Upperclassman Award

Mission / Intent / Concept

SOP

4C Officer Brief

Recognition Day Speaker Checklist

Knob Year Reflection

Mission / Intent / Concept

Expectations Challenge Week Class Materials

Leadership Challenge Week Class Materials

Followership Challenge Week Class Materials

Knob Year Journal

Battalion Commander Recognition Class Materials

Company Commander Recognition Class Materials

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