Marine Military Academy: Wikis


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Marine Military Academy
Harlingen, TX, U.S.
Type Military school, Boarding
Motto Semper Fidelis
Religious affiliation No affiliation
Established 1965
President Brigadier General Steve Cheney
Faculty 46
Enrollment 390
Average class size 12
Student:teacher ratio 10:1
Campus 142 acres
Color(s) Scarlet and Gold
Athletics Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Cross Country, Drill Team, Football, Golf, PFT, Rifle Team, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VISA, Weight-lifting, Wrestling
Mascot Bulldog
Average SAT scores 1048 [1]  (2007)

Marine Military Academy, a private college preparatory academy located in Harlingen, Texas, offers a college preparatory curriculum for boys in grades 8-12 plus one-year of post-graduate study. The school was founded in 1965. Its traditions and ideals are inspired by the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Military Academy is only affiliated with the United States Marine Corps through its Marine Corps Junior ROTC program. The school also offers summer programs including a four-week adventure summer camp for boys 13-17, as well as ESL classes for foreign students.

The academy is situated on the site of the former Harlingen Army Air Field, established in 1941. After closing, the field was re-opened in 1952 as the Harlingen Air Force Base which closed in the early 1960s. Since opening its doors as the Marine Military Academy most of the original buildings have been replaced with modern facilities. The adjacent runways became the Valley International Airport.



Courses offered include regular high school classes as well as honors courses, Advanced Placement authorized courses and dual enrollment courses for which college credit may be earned. These credits can result in a cadet placing out of basic courses when entering college. Most courses are taught year-long.

Cadets have required attendance at tutorials for if they are failing any classes. There are no make-ups for failed exams or missed homework assignments without acceptable reasons and mandatory Closed Call to Quarters (time set aside each evening in the barracks for the completion of homework and studying for exams).

Dual enrollment

Through an agreement with Texas State Technical College, cadets are able to earn college credit in many subjects including: Pre-calculus/College Algebra, English III/English 1301, Spanish 3/College Spanish, Calculus/College Calculus, English IV/English 1401 and Political Science.


All Cadets are required to participate in one of the offered extracurricular activities during the afternoon activity period which goes from approximately 4:00-5:30 P.M. The goal of the program is to provide all cadets an opportunity to participate in sports activities regardless of their skill level. Many of the activities serve to foster teamwork, promote physical fitness, instill confidence in the Cadets and help them to develop an appreciation of the outdoors. In addition to normal sports found at most schools, the Academy offers such activities as judo, boxing, rock climbing, cycling, PFT team, and drill.

Beginning with the 2000-2001 school year, varsity sports began competing in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (T.A.P.P.S.) for statewide honors. Also offered at the eighth grade level is the V.I.S.A. program (Valley Independent School Association), with yearlong competition in various sports. As they are not permitted to participate in TAPPS competitive activities at until they reach grade nine age, this program provides eighth graders the opportunity to participate in volleyball, basketball, soccer and track and field sports against other member private schools.

Corps of cadets

The Marine Military Academy established one of the first Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (MCJROTC) in the nation. [2] All Cadets are members of the MCJROTC unit, unless they fail to qualify for full membership because of age or citizenship. In this case they receive the training as associate members.

Cadets are assigned to one of seven (now five due to Charlie and Bravo company closing) company barracks, supervised by a Drill Instructor and an Assistant Drill Instructor. Introductory training lasts for four weeks, during which new cadets are taught varied general military skills and knowledge. These include military rank structure, uniforms, close order drill. They also undergo training on rappelling, a confidence course, obstacle course and high ropes course. Introductory training, also called plebe system, is supervised by Cadet NCO's; serving as cadet instructors who are supervised by a Cadet officer, usually the public affairs officer or executive officer of the company. A parade is held at the end of the training during which the plebes place the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor on their garrison cover to symbolize the transformation from plebe to cadet.

Cadets come from various cultural backgrounds, including students from approximately forty-one states and eight foreign countries. Cadets from Mexico make up the largest compliment of international students, but the school includes cadets from Latin America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.[citation needed]


Rank structure

The cadet rank structure is based on the United States Marine Corps rank and billet system, with the addition of Cadet before the title.

Eighth grade students cannot advance beyond Cadet Lance Corporal, and freshmen cannot exceed the rank of Cadet Corporal. However, eighth graders and freshmen more often serve as non-rates, those ranks up to Sergeant that are not non-commissioned officers. As a Sophomore, cadets may be promoted to an NCO rank. Juniors make up most of the Academy's staff NCOs.

Seniors are generally promoted to officer rank. They hold positions of command responsibility, as Platoon Commanders, Company Executive Officers, Company Commanders, Battalion Executive Officers, and Battalion Commanders. There are also many other Battalion Staff and Company Staff positions available for seniors not in billets of command.

Officer Insignia Mcjrotccol.jpg Mcjrotcltcol.jpg Mcjrotcmaj.jpg Mcjrotccapt.jpg Mcjrotc1stlt.jpg Mcjrotc2ndlt.jpg
Officer Rank c/Colonel c/Lieutenant Colonel c/Major c/Captain c/1st Lieutenant c/2nd Lieutenant
Enlisted Insignia Sgtmaj.gif 1stsgt.gif Gysgt.gif Ssgt.gif Sgt.gif Cpl.gif Lcpl.gif Privatefirstclass.gif (No insignia) (No insignia)
Enlisted Rank c/Sergeant Major c/First Sergeant c/Gunnery Sergeant c/Staff Sergeant c/Sergeant c/Corporal c/Lance Corporal c/PFC c/Private Plebe


The uniforms authorized for wear at the academy are parallel to that of the United States Marine Corps. During school days, the uniforms worn on weekdays are the Utility and Green "C" uniforms. Four days a week the prescribed uniform is Utility and on Fridays the Green "C" uniform is worn. During periods of exercise PT Gear is worn. The Dress Blue uniforms are often preserved for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball and periods of Leave. Raincoats and Letter jackets may also be worn when directed during cold or rainy weather. The Pistol belt can be worn in lieu of a Web belt when a cadet is in a "duty status" or, in certain situations, a cadet officer/noncommissioned officer. Cadet officers are also permitted to wear the Pistol belt while wearing the Dress Blue "A" and "B" uniforms. It should be noted that the blood stripe is no longer sewn into cadet Dress Blue pants.

Cadets are required to wear the uniform of the day at all times while enrolled (with the exception of leave) at the academy. In certain situations, however, such as community service events and other extracurricular activities, civilian dress may be authorized.


Since there are many varying cadet uniforms, certain events dictate which uniform is appropriate. For example, Dress Blue "A" is rarely worn. The school holds two specific events which require Blue "A", The Marine Corps Birthday Ball and The HM Smith Foundation dinner. Both Dress Blue "A" and "B" may be worn to civilian occasions which dictate white tie or black tie. Green "A" can be issued at the QM for events off campus, more specifically college visits and any other event in which informal attire is appropriate.


The Academy has been the subject of significant controversy regarding its supervision (or lack thereof) of cadets on campus. Several class action lawsuits have been filed for negligence resulting in injury. At least one class action lawsuit was settled by the academy.

During the 1997 - 1998 school year, Cadet Gabriel Cortez was attacked, and his throat was slit from ear to ear allegedly by two other cadets. Numerous other allegations of abuse and neglect were made during this period of controversy, including alleged sexual abuse between cadets and their cadet leaders, and incidents of other physical abuse.[1]

Iwo Jima monument

The Iwo Jima monument, located on the Marine Military Academy grounds, is the original mold, a creation of Dr. Felix de Weldon, and was used for the casting of the monument erected at Arlington National Cemetery [3]. After completion of the monument, this sculpture was placed in storage until the early 1980s when its creator donated it to the Marine Military Academy. Donations were collected to fund the transport and reassembly of the monument, which was supervised by Dr. de Weldon. On April 16, 1982, the monument was officially dedicated. The Marine Military Academy is also the final resting place of Corporal Harlon Block [4] , formerly a resident of Weslaco, Texas, one of the Marines immortalized in the famous photo of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima from which the sculpture is modeled.

See also


  1. ^ Ann Zimmerman, Houston News, The Few, The Proud, the Battered, accessed 2009-09-21

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