In the UK and Canada there are awesome military themed youth groups like the army and air cadets. In the UK and Canada cadets are considered a legitimate youth activity and hobby. Why aren't such programs widespread in the US? Are American parents biased and prefer to have their children involved in athletics? Would American parents become angry if a cadet program was established in their community? I talked to my neighbor who has a son in high school who is heavily invested in athletics and he said he wouldn't let his son join a program like the cadets.The training and opportunities of the cadets looks exciting and intense! I can say that being in a program like the cadets beats the heck out of the scouts! I wanted something more intense than the scouts! I wished I had something like this when I was in school! It sure beats the heck out of kicking a ball during your high school years! Ender's Game was my favorite book and obviously it fostered my desire to participate in a youth pre military training program.