Each spring, the Corps of Cadets undergoes a thorough inspection known as the Cadet Formal Inspection (CFI). The Senior Army Instructor invites an inspection team consisting of Army personnel from Ft. Riley and the Kansas National Guard. The inspection team evaluates cadet rooms, uniforms and personal appearance, cadet records maintenance, drill and ceremonies competency, Color Guard procedures, and JROTC curricular knowledge. They also receive, and evaluate, a formal briefing from the cadet battalion staff covering the daily life of a St. John’s cadet. The inspection is worth 1,000 points, with each area being worth between 50 and 100 points.

Cadet Formal Inspection replaces the Annual Formal Inspection (AFI) conducted by the United States Army Cadet Command. For many years, this annual inspection has been a much anticipated event and source of pride for the Corps of Cadets. Units scoring more than 960 points are designated Honor Unit with Distinction. For the past 18 years, St. John’s cadets have averaged receiving 997 points out of a possible 1000.

St. John’s has earned the coveted Honor Unit with Distinction for over 20 years. This honor allows St. John’s to nominate up to three cadets to attend one of the five United States service academies.

In April of 2013, the 125th Corps of Cadets completed their first inspection under the new CFI format. Their excellent performance was rewarded with a perfect 1000 points. In 2014 the 126th Corps of Cadets scored a 995. The cadets and Batallion staff put a great deal of commitment and pride in preparing for these inspections. Another job well done.