- Same gender as the applicant

- At least 23 years of age

- Not an immediate family member or relative

- Not someone living in the same household

- Not a military recruiter

- Must live within an hour of the applicant

- Someone who will provide   support, friendship, counsel, and reinforcement

- Someone who cares, is a good listener, and helps young people bring out their strengths

- Must pass a background check

- Must be responsible and dedicated

- Must be willing to visit cadet at Fort McCoy at least twice during the residential phase