Men and women who qualify as cadets must be Christians, believe they are called to full-time ministry, and be Salvation Army soldiers (members of the church) endorsed for officership. They must possess a sincere love for and understanding of people and be willing to work in highly demanding situations upon the completion of their training. All cadets must be fully supportive of the ministry and doctrines of The Salvation Army.
All cadets must be between the ages of 18-53, being able to provide at least 10 years service as an officer before retirement.
Cadets have a high school education or its equivalent. However, the typical cadet has completed some college work, and some have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. School teachers, accountants, doctors, computer experts, social workers, electronic technicians, nurses, and many other professions and vocations are represented among cadets.
All Cadets are provided with apartments on campus. School-age children attend local schools, and a Family Care Center is available for children under the age of six and after school.
Meals for all cadets and their families are provided from a central kitchen in order to allow adequate time for study. All cadets and families have breakfast in their residences, lunches in the main dining room and dinners can be eaten in the dining room or carried to their apartments.