About ALERT Cadet

A nationwide discipleship program for fathers & sons

ALERT Cadet provides a toolbox of Biblical resources to assist fathers in turning their hearts to their sons and leading their sons into biblical manhood:

  • Work through booklets that teach foundational skills
  • Complete projects together to build Godly character
  • Local unit meetings where iron sharpens iron
  • Advance through ranks as goals are achieved
  • Go on exciting adventures with other fathers and sons


All Christian fathers and their sons are eligible to join.


Booklets include Scripture memory, adventure projects, physical and character training.


The purposes of the ALERT Cadet uniform are identification, recognition, and motivation.


The next generation of Godly Leaders 

The History of ALERT Cadet

Since 1995

In 1995, ALERT founder Ron Fuhrman saw the strong desire in younger boys to emulate ALERT men, and he decided to develop a tool fathers could use to strengthen their relationships with their sons. A year after the founding of the ALERT Academy, ALERT Cadet was established to raise up godly young men who would be mighty in spirit and “Strong to Overcome” the evil one (1 John 2:14). Since that time, ALERT Cadet has broadened into a corps of hundreds of fathers and sons across the country, who are learning to turn their hearts to one another (Malachi 4:6).

Statement of Faith

The International ALERT Academy affirms the cardinal doctrines of Scripture that have been defended by historic statements of faith. These include the divine inspiration of Scripture, the deity of Christ, the original sin nature of man, the atonement for sin by Christ’s shed blood, and the justification by faith in Jesus as the Christ.

We also believe that a complete and inspired statement of faith was given by Jesus Christ when He taught precise commands on how to love God and others, and that these commands transcend all cultures, nationalities, religions, and political systems.

ALERT Cadet Staff 

C Col. Kevin Edwards


Cadet Lt. Col. Kevin Edwards joined ALERT Cadet in 2001, becoming Unit Leader of ME 1st Bravo in 2008. In April, 2013 he was promoted to Cadet Lt. Col. and Commanding Officer of ALERT Cadet. Lt. Col. Edwards has been married to his wonderful wife, Loree, for 25 years. They have 14 children: 10 sons and 4 daughters. Lt. Col. Edwards received a B.A. from Cincinnati Christian University in 1987, served in Youth and Music ministry, and held various occupations while helping plant a church in Maine where he now serves as an elder. He currently leads ALERT Cadet from Maine while working as a Business Development Manager for Cub Cadet.

CLt. Col. Doug Dagarin


Doug and Barbara married in 1979 and have 6 children, who so far have replenished the earth with eighteen grandchildren. The family served at an orphanage in Moscow during 1998-99. Both their sons have been a part of the Massachusetts 1st Alpha Unit. Stephen went on to train with ALERT Basic Training Unit 19, finishing as the Senior Drill Instructor for Unit 26.

Doug began a relationship with Jesus in 1976 and has experienced profound emotional healing. His law practice is now part-time and he is fulfilled in following his passions: deepening his relationship with Jesus, connecting with each family member and encouraging their fulfillment, and encouraging men to disciple generationally and to prepare for serving and ministering the Gospel to people in crisis in the coming days.

CMaj. Gary Reckner


Gary and his wife Kathy have eleven children. Their three oldest sons all completed ALERT Cadet and went on to train with the ALERT Academy. Gary and his sons have been active in the Cadet program since 1998 when Gary accepted the position of 2nd Lieutenant for the FL2A unit. He served as Captain and then Major of the SE Region. Using the ATI program, the Reckners have homeschooled their children. Gary has been active in The Navigators, Child Evangelism Fellowship, and the Institute in Basic Life Principles. He relocated to western Kentucky while working for the US Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Reckners enjoy Civil War re-enacting and being outdoors.

CMaj. Michael Smith


Michael and his wife Stacey have been married for more than 30 years. They have homeschooled their six children. Turning his life over to Jesus Christ at the age of 16, Michael discovered peace and purpose and a growing desire to know the Word of God. While studying at Texas A&M, Michael and Stacey met through InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and married following graduation. They established a home in the Dallas-Fort-Worth area, began a family, and became active in their church, leading home Bible study groups and teaching adult Sunday school. Michael currently serves as an elder for a family-integrated church in Southlake, Texas, and has been employed as an engineer with Bell Helicopter Textron for over 31 years. Michael has been active with ALERT Cadet since 1997; he was promoted to ALERT Cadet Major in 2012.

CMaj. Tod Stoner


Tod and his wife Lynne have eight children. Their four oldest sons are all ALERT graduates while their youngest continues in the ALERT Cadet program in west Tennessee. Tod and his sons began in the ALERT Cadet program in 2002 and helped found and lead the TN 2nd Alpha unit. ALERT Cadet has given him the opportunity to invest quality time into his sons’ lives. “I am learning that time spent with my sons has everlasting value. These times of service and fun have built many fond memories, knit hearts, and assisted in character development.”

Tod grew up in Trion, GA, graduated from Shorter College in Rome, GA, and received his Ph.D. from Clemson University. He has been employed at a west TN chemical manufacturer for over 20 years. 

Donna Warner


Donna was born and raised in New Jersey. She began working in missions at the age of 20 after serving on a short-term summer missions team. She traveled to various countries, leading teams for several years while doing administrative work in the mission agency’s home offices. In 1988 she moved to Budapest, Hungary to work with Mongolians living behind the Iron Curtain. Arriving in Mongolia in 1991, she served on church-planting teams there for over 20 years. Donna holds a BA in Bible and Music and an MA in Inter-Cultural Studies/TEFL from Columbia International University. Married to her best friend since Jan of 1993, she and her husband Rick now serve together in Big Sandy.

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