Military Academy students


Discover the thrill of winning—together

Military teams at St. John’s Northwestern offer cadets intense challenges, thrilling victories, and the personal satisfaction of being a valued team member. Students discover they’re capable of more than they ever thought possible, a lesson they remember for the rest of their life.

Silver rifles

Silver Rifles drill team personifies spirit

The Silver Rifles are known as one of the finest drill teams in America. The team participates in ceremonies and special events at St. John’s Northwestern that require a display of military precision. The team also competes in national tournaments, with victories including the Army JROTC National Championship, the American Legion Coca-Cola National JROTC All Service Drill Championship, and the Citadel Bulldog Classic Drill Meet.

“Before I came here, I didn’t believe I could do many things… But St. John’s Northwestern changed how I thought and acted in my daily life, and in my opinion, what made me mentally stronger was Raiders.”

Fernando Morales | 2021

Raiders discover physical strengths

The Raider unit focuses on achieving superior levels of physical fitness, teamwork and camaraderie along with winning proficiency in military-related skills. Training incorporates physical fitness events focused on the Army’s manual, as well as events such as testing, marksmanship, rappelling and orienteering. Cadets who earn a spot on the Raider Challenge Team compete throughout the country at Raider Challenge competitions.

SJNA Raiders in Action!

“Silver Rifles isn’t just people doing cool and sharp movements and then receiving praise from the audience. It is an indomitable spirit.”

Cadet Junkang Wu | 2020, China