Military academy earns top honors

Sunday, May 2, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:18 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Missouri Military Academy cadets wowed Army inspectors April 23 during the school’s annual Formal Inspection.

From a military perspective, Formal Inspection is the most important day of MMA’s year, as cadets are graded on everything they’ve learned during their time at the academy. A successful inspection means MMA retains its standing as an Honor Unit with Distinction in the Junior ROTC; only 10 percent of all participating schools achieve this status.

The two weeks leading up to inspection are among the most intensive of the students’ year as cadets train for competitions, study military information and clean their equipment.

“It’s really apparent to me that this event means a lot to you,” said Col. Tim Pratt, this year’s head inspector. “I leave (MMA) with a very good impression. There will always be a fond spot in my heart for this institution.”

No one was more pleased with the cadets’ performance than their battalion commander, Cpt. Edelmiro Martinez.

“You made me proud today,” he told the Corps that afternoon. “Thank you for your cooperation. I don’t have the words to describe how it feels now that it’s over, but it feels great.”

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