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New Mexico Military Institute

New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI – colloquially pronounced "Nimmy") is a state-supported educational institution located in Roswell, New Mexico, United States. It is sometimes referred to as "The West Point of the West". NMMI includes a college preparatory four-year high school and a two-year junior college. Founded in 1891 by Joseph C. Lea, who selected former Confederate Col. Robert S. Goss as the Superintendent for the Goss Military Institute, and inspired by Virginia Military Institute, it is one of five Military Junior Colleges in the United States.

NMMI first admitted women as cadets in 1977, although some women did attend as day students in the early years of the school. It is the only state-supported co-educational college preparatory military boarding high school (grades 9–12) and junior college in the United States.[1]

It typically has about 980 cadets, 95 percent of whom go on to four-year schools, The school's ROTC program commissions approximately 35 cadets per year as US Army 2nd Lieutenants through the US Army two-year Early Commissioning Program (ECP), and about 100 cadets each year go to one of the five major United States Service academies.[1]

The school's motto is "Duty, Honor, and Achievement". The school's teams are the Broncos (junior college) and the Colts (high school). The school's colors are scarlet and black.


NMMI today

New Mexico Military Institute provides a unique "One Corp One Standards", where 6th Class (9th Grade High School Equivalent) through 1st Class (college sophomore) cadets are all treated on the basis of earned merit upon completing their introductory period as a Recruit at Training (RAT) and subsequently New Cadet. The military school structure is even more unique in the modern era, in that all cadets live in the Troop Barracks, with all classes, meals, and physical training occurring "On Post" in a controlled environment. New Cadets are first taught how to follow by their Old Cadet Cadre, and are mentored in the "servant leadership" style of responsible and actions. "Power and privilege" being the goal of cadet leaders, the overall status of the Corps is paramount.

Hagerman Barracks

Notable alumni are listed in the section below, and many less well-known alumni continue to "give back" to the Institute in the form of active involvement with the Staff and Corps of Cadets. Each October sees the return of "Homecoming" where alumni from each decade of the corresponding year make the pilgrimage to Roswell, New Mexico and take part in traditions as old as the school itself. Annual Trail Rides and Alumni Musters have also become part of the alumni experience, and NMMI Alumni Association Chapters help to foster life-long friendships through meetings in various locations. Sometimes alumni chapters will sponsor a "Tattoo" or a "Stand To" - both based on nostalgic military functions designed to increase awareness of alumni initiatives.

The school's Honor Code is "A Cadet Will Not Lie, Cheat, or Steal, Nor Tolerate Those Who Do."


The football team competes in the Western States Football League. Its other sports compete in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.[2]


The current Superintendent is Major General Jerry R. Grizzle USA (Ret).
The current Commandant of Cadets is Brigadier General Richard V. Geraci USA (Ret).
The current Regimental Commander is c/COL Luis Martinez.
The current Regimental Executive Officer is c/LTC Anton Bruelhart.
The current Squadron Commanders are: 1st - c/LTC Spenser Ewing, 2nd - c/LTC Matthew Dobbs, 3rd - c/LTC Scott Pino.

The current Regimental Operations Officer is c/MAJ Katrina Cotter

Notable alumni


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Coordinates: 33°24′36″N 104°31′29″W / 33.409896°N 104.524698°W / 33.409896; -104.524698



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