JROTC Program for Accreditation Inspection Showcases MMA Cadet Leadership and Discipline

The 133rd Missouri Military Academy Corps of Cadets, led by Battalion Commander Michael Machary-Pagan ’22, executed the 2022 Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) Program of Accreditation (JPA) on 08 April.

JROTC inspection at Missouri Military Academy

U.S. Army Cadet Command requires MMA to undergo this inspection every three years, but MMA voluntarily chooses to participate in annual inspections to encourage and maintain consistently high standards within the corps. Next year (2023), the corps will undergo their official review by JROTC inspectors.

“Our annual JPA inspection holds us accountable for maintaining a high-quality Army JROTC program — a leadership program integrated into every aspect of MMA life,” said MMA President Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci, USA (Ret). “Through this outside review, we ensure that we meet the standards for Army JROTC and uphold our military educational model’s emphasis structure, self-discipline and accountability to help our cadets reach their full potential.”

Above, President Geraci with MMA's 2021-22 cadet battalion leadership. 

Each year, the MMA corps strives for a perfect JPA score. They fell just short of their goal this year, scoring a 98.3.

Mr. Tyrone Middleton represented the 3rd Brigade JROTC Command for the 2022 JPA.  The triennial inspection was supported by University of Missouri (MU) Professor of Military Science and Leadership (PMS) LTC Tara Bradley and University of Missouri Senior Military Instructor SFC Bradley Williams. In addition, eight college senior ROTC cadets from MU and two senior ROTC cadets from William Woods University conducted barracks inspections and observed the honor platoon and color guard performances.

 Above, President Geraci with the MMA Color Guard.

Above, President Geraci with the honor platoon. 

2021-22 Honor Platoon members include commander Augustine Anaya Cisneros from Monterrey, N.L., México; Zachary Sturgeon from Highland, Illinois; Alexander Coile from De Soto, Missouri; Domingo Holguin from El Paso, Texas; Brennan Williams from Lee's Summit, Missouri; Reagan Ammons from Springfield, Missouri; Patricio Regis from Parkville, Missouri; Alan Salazar de la Paz from Allende, N.L., México; and Lucas Sydlewski from Houlton, Wisconsin.

The honor platoon is selected as the best at performing the drill and ceremonies portion of the JPA. Each year, each MMA company selects their competitors, who are then evaluated by MMA JROTC staff in the final weeks prior to JPA. During JPA inspection, these cadets represent MMA's top talent as they march in front of the inspectors. To be selected as the company with the honor platoon is a great honor because the selected cadets win company competition points that amass toward coveted designation as MMA's honor company, announced at the end of the academic year.

"There is a substantial amount of collective work that goes into everything evaluated for the JPA, and we are eager to take our score from this year to improve for next year,” said CPT Joseph Balvanz, who leads the MMA JROTC Department. “From the cadet project briefings, cadet and instructor portfolios, command supply discipline program and drill and ceremonies, the JPA is an awesome opportunity to showcase the discipline and achievement of our cadets at the Army Brigade level and at the collegiate level to cadre at MIZZOU and WWU."

JROTC inspection at Missouri Military Academy

According to Balvanz, particular areas of emphasis for next year will be improvement of the Service Learning Project (SLP) and the Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP) briefings, taking feedback from this year to implement refinements. The corps' SLP focused on community service day and the CIP focused on back campus improvements.

JROTC inspection at Missouri Military Academy

“JPA results allow us to formally recognize the outstanding group of young leaders in our corps,” said Balvanz. “Knowing our cadets’ dedication and focus on achieving excellence, I am confident that we will remain in the very top echelon of Army JROTC programs in the country after our official evaluation next year.”

JROTC inspection at Missouri Military Academy

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