A nationwide discipleship program for fathers and sons

ALERT Cadet provides a toolbox of Biblical resources to assist fathers in turning their hearts to their sons and leading their sons into biblical manhood:

  • Work through booklets that teach foundational skills
  • Complete projects together to build Godly character
  • Advance through ranks as goals are achieved
  • Go on exciting adventures with other fathers and sons

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Fathers challenging their sons to be
the next generation of Godly leaders

Who is eligible to be an ALERT Cadet?

All Christian fathers and their sons are eligible to join.

What is the ALERT Cadet curriculum?

The curriculum consist of the Basic Training Manuals, followed by four handbooks. Each handbook may be completed in one year.

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What does the curriculum involve?

Every phase booklet includes Scripture memory, adventure projects, physical training, character training, and service opportunities.


The purposes of the ALERT Cadet uniform are identification, recognition, and motivation. A new ALERT Cadet and his father may acquire their Duty uniforms when they order the Basic Training Manual, and their chambray shirts when they Advance out of Basic Training.

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A Solid Foundation

The International ALERT Academy affirms the cardinal doctrines of Scripture that have been defended by historic statements of faith. These include the divine inspiration of Scripture, the deity of Christ, the original sin nature of man, the atonement for sin by Christ’s shed blood, and the justification by faith in Jesus as the Christ.

We also believe that a complete and inspired statement of faith was given by Jesus Christ when He taught precise commands on how to love God and others, and that these commands transcend all cultures, nationalities, religions, and political systems.

The History of ALERT Cadet

Since 1996

In 1995, ALERT founder Ron Fuhrman saw the strong desire in younger boys to emulate ALERT men, and he decided to develop a tool fathers could use to strengthen their relationships with their sons. A year after the founding of the ALERT Academy, ALERT Cadet was established to raise up godly young men who would be mighty in spirit and “Strong to Overcome” the evil one (1 John 2:14). Since that time, ALERT Cadet has broadened into a corps of thousands of fathers and sons across the country, who are learning to turn their hearts to one another (Malachi 4:6).

Service Opportunities

In communities of 5 hundred or 5 million, ALERT Cadet is ready, willing, and able to serve. Units regularly seek out opportunities to help those in need, often in cooperation with local authorities and humanitarian aid organizations.

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