There's nothing like success to fuel the desire to achieve more. It's why we ensure new cadets get a taste of it as early as possible. We also give them a clear path forward and help them set the short-term and long-term goals they work hard to attain. Our cadets are elevated through rank systems and awards and serve as role models for younger cadets. MMA is a culture based on achievement — one that gives everybody positive goals to aspire to.
We begin by making each new recruit responsible and accountable for his behavior, his room, his uniform and his assignments. This is how self-discipline begins and it's continuously fostered in an environment where competition, teamwork and achievement are part of his every day life.
A cadet’s highest honor — membership is awarded to an outstanding cadet who, above all, demonstrates industry, integrity and an abiding sense of loyalty to the Academy, its officers and its policies. Selected by the MMA president annually.
This second highest leadership award at MMA, the Charles I. Wall Cup is named in honor of “Stoney” Wall ’22, a former All-American quarterback, and given to the cadet who best typifies these Academy ideals: character, leadership, scholarship, and service.
The award is given at the president’s discretion to the cadet who goes above and beyond the call of duty for character and honor — bringing great credit to MMA and its corps of cadets.
Presented by Don W. Hooton, Legion of Honor Cadet of the Class of 1919, the cup is given to the cadet declared to be the most valuable to the Academy by vote of the corps of cadets.
This award is given to the senior cadet who possesses the most soldierly qualities by Col. Jerome G. Harris, a former professor of military science and tactics.
In honor of James “Red” Ireland, Class of 1941, notable MMA athlete, the trophy is awarded to the cadet with combined qualities of loyalty and courage to make a “fighting heart."
Presented in honor of John W. Fritsch ’49, this plaque is given to an 11th grade cadet who exemplifies honor, good discipline, academic excellence, and service to the Academy.
High school cadets complete 16 community service hours each year, and middle school cadets complete 8. MMA cadets mentor local elementary kids through the Lunch Buddies program, help out at the Missouri Veterans Home, and more.
Through our Army JROTC program, cadets learn to become better citizens through leadership development. Our JROTC Fusileers drill, Raiders and rifle teams compete at the national level. Established in 1917, MMA’s JROTC program has earned the status of an Honor Unit with Distinction designation and gold star each year for more than 40 consecutive years.
Our cadets compete in Armed Regulation Drill, Unarmed Regulation Drill, Armed Color Guard, Unarmed Color Guard, Armed Exhibition and Unarmed Exhibition. The MMA Fusileers Drill Team has earned national titles in 2019, 2020, 2022, and 2023.