Fusileer Drill Team

Missouri Military Academy Fusileers high school drill team performing

Missouri Military Academy's Fusileer Drill Team is first in the nation. 

The Fusileers have been a staple of MMA’s excellence in military leadership, structure, discipline and class. Cadets compete in different classifications in each of the following divisions: Armed Regulation Drill, Unarmed Regulation Drill, Armed Color Guard, Unarmed Color Guard, Armed Exhibition, and Unarmed Exhibition.

At the 2023 Rocky Mountain Drill Classic National Championship, the MMA’s Fusileer Drill Team won the national championship, placing first in the Overall Armed Drill. The MMA Fusileers were also awarded first place in the Armed Color Guard and Armed Exhibition.

Competing in the Association of Military Colleges & Schools of the United States (AMCSUS) 2019, 2020 and 2021 Annual Drill Competitions, the MMA Fusileer Drill Team won first place against military schools such as Marine Military Academy, Randolph-Macon Academy, Army and Navy Academy, Riverside Military Academy, Fork Union Military Academy, Fishburne Military School, St. John’s Northwestern, Valley Forge Academy, and more.


Fusileer Drill Team Coach

Rick Dehlinger '93, Fusileer Coach 

As former MMA Color Guard, Coach Dehlinger has a personal understanding of the hard work, commitment and discipline it takes to be a MMA Fusileer. As a ten-year U.S. Navy veteran, his discipline and attention to detail is refined and sharp. Now, he is coaching the MMA Fusileers for the third year, and they have already taken first place in several national competitions under his guidance.

According to Dehlinger, being a MMA Fusileer teaches cadets about personal responsibility and accountability; develops self-confidence, pride, independence and team mentality; and strengthens the bonds of brotherhood among their fellow Fusileers.

 “I look forward to watching our team continue marching forward with our heads held up high and finish first place everywhere we compete,” Dehlinger said. “I want them to know what being on a winning team feels like and always look to improve. I want cadets to have ownership of the team. They decide the routine, how to improve the routine, what we need to work on during practice because this is their team. My job is easy when cadets know they own the team, they own their disappointments and their success.”

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