Motivation. Inspiration. Friendship. At SMA, there is no “fitting-in” period. From the very first day younger cadets are supported and inspired by their older peers, who in turn feel valued and motivated. As caretakers of the highest traditions of the academy, cadets and their mentors meet weekly to discuss struggles and successes. From homework help to character development, cadet-to-cadet mentoring affords cadets a level of comfort and acceptance uncommon at most schools.