We often hear that many young people nowadays lack discipline, respect for authority and a strong work ethic.
Among those aiming to do something about that is the Military Preparation College, focused on "active learning and character education."
They train 16 to 19-year-olds in fitness and key skills, ready for a career in the military, or the civilian workplace.
The first was opened in Cardiff in 1999, and Wales' sixth college has just opened in Newport.
Our Education Reporter Tom Sheldrick went for a look around:
The Military Preparation College say they teach students "teamwork, personal pride, physical and mental robustness, duty, community spirit, confidence and humility."
They do so with a focus on physical fitness, functional skills, and confidence.
Young people attend for varying lengths of time, from several months up to two years.
The course is funded by the Welsh Government, at no cost to students.
Among around 1,000 teenagers currently enrolled with the colleges around the UK is Ashleigh Lloyd.
He's 17 and from Cwmbran. He's grown up in foster care.
He left school last spring, with no GCSEs, but joined the Military Preparation College in Cardiff in October.
Eight months on and he's now aiming to join the prestigious Parachute Regiment.
The new college is the first to be based at a working military base - Raglan Barracks in Newport.
The other locations are Cardiff, Bangor, Bridgend, Rhymney in Caerphilly county borough, and Wrexham.
The majority of teenagers who attend the colleges then go back into education or into work.
Around a third join the armed forces.