The first military schools in the United States were instituted in the last quarter of the 18th century. Colonel Henry Knox, who later became Secretary of War recommended to John Adams to found a military school that teaches young men the art of war. Following the recommendation, in 1976 the Continental Congress assigned a committee to research the possibilities for creating such school.
This was a time when the public school system in the country was in its early phase and facilities were not well developed. The leaders of the country realized the importance of education and thus, the need of improvement and of establishment of better quality schools. Quite a few saw military schools as the answer that would help them achieve such goal. Military schools progressively became better while at times the changes came from inside the schools from teachers and students themselves who begun practicing physical fitness and military drills. Later they turned into rules and formal military procedures into these schools. The goal of the military schools became the education of the whole person expressed in the development of the body, the spirit and the mind at the same time. Young men were prepared for acceptance in the most prestigious colleges in the USA or for further elite military career.
Due the unpopularity of the Vietnam War the esteem for the military schools in the country decreased and they were not favored by lots of parents. Some schools even had to close. However, nova days, the schools have regained their reputation as sound educational facilities and a good alternative among American families.