At VMI all cadets are required to take seven semesters of physical education classes.
The Physical Education program mentally and physically develops cadets, through exposure to comprehensive and progressive academic (non-degree granting) and experiential (co-curricular) programs designed to enhance self-esteem, physical fitness, leadership characteristics, and the pre-requisite knowledge that produces graduates with a commitment to life-long physical fitness and health.
The program also provides cadets:
- with knowledge & skill to enhance physical fitness and self-confidence
- with the knowledge to develop leadership capabilities
- on how to apply exercise science principles to design exercise/fitness programs
- with experience to respond appropriately to situations where CPR/lifeguard skills are needed