A Message to New MMA Parents from the President

Since becoming Missouri Military Academy’s 11th president in 2019, I’ve continued to hear the same clear and constant message from parents and alumni about what they want from the Academy:

  • To challenge cadets with high expectations
  • To maintain a safe and disciplined environment
  • To continue to invest in robust academic, athletic and Army JROTC programs
  • To stay true to MMA’s military traditions and heritage.

Every day we honor the Academy’s traditions, and we are forging ahead with our strategic plan and partnerships, solidifying our position as the preeminent college preparatory military boarding school in the Midwest and central United States. In so doing, we are producing the next generation of MMA brothers and young leaders of character. Our success with this important mission ensures the Academy’s long-term sustainability.

Every family who joins MMA enters into a partnership with the Academy — a partnership to motivate, guide, and educate their cadet so he perseveres to reach his full potential with confidence and the academic and life skills he needs to triumph. Together, we will hold him accountable for his learning, actions and decisions even when he fails to put forth his best effort or disagrees with us. It’s our job to guide him — but more importantly, to challenge him to discover his special talents, what he is passionate about, what he is capable of achieving — and to set goals to pursue his dreams.

Structure, self-discipline and accountability drive our military educational model and have led to success for our thousands of alumni. Upholding MMA’s established standards is the backbone of the Academy’s success, with faculty, coaches and staff providing the examples for our cadets to follow.

Parents — I ask that you trust the Academy’s process while supporting and encouraging your cadet to stay the course through graduation.

Together, we will remain focused on the individual success of our cadets and the growth of the corps. Through our collective efforts, we will sustain MMA as one of the top military boarding schools in the nation with the same ideals and values the Academy was founded on more than 130 years ago, and you will see proof of our success in your son’s achievements.

Thank you for choosing Missouri Military Academy. We look forward to seeing you on campus in August.


Richard V. Geraci
Brigadier General, USA (Ret)
Missouri Military Academy President

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