Character Development is the most important of all the lessons taught by Missouri Military Academy faculty members and staff.
Whether learning in the classroom, completing community service, performing on the athletic field or interacting socially, our cadets are always expected to do the right thing – acting with respect, responsibility, honor and generosity. A Missouri Military Academy diploma means that a student has gone beyond the mastery of the subjects necessary to succeed in college and possesses the self-discipline and values that will help him succeed in all aspects of life.
Active Community Service Program
Our community service program requires high school students to complete 20 years of community service annually, and middle school students must complete 10 hours. Cadets participate in a variety of community projects – cleaning up parks, spending time with veterans at the Missouri Veterans Home, working at the Central Missouri Food Bank and assembling Buddy Packs to feed local children in need. Cadets complete about 8,000 hours of community service annually.
The purpose of the program is to expose young people to the needs in their communities and teach them how they can give back to their communities.
Missouri Military Academy Honor Code
The MMA Honor Code is central to our program and sets a standard of character for the young men who spend their formative years at MMA:
“I am truthful, virtuous, and respectful; I will inspire others to pursue this code.”
Cadets participate on an Honor Council, which serves as peer reinforcement for the Honor Code.
Cadets are required to attend a spiritual but non-denominational Vespers service every Sunday evening. The service is led by MMA Chaplain Edsel Baker and the sermons teach lessons of character. On Sunday morning, cadets attend the religious service of their choosing at one of the local churches.