Cadet Life

Our Military Traditions

In 1917, headmaster Howard J. Benchoff introduced military drill as a "new feature" because he believed the "drills develop brawn and coordinate the activities of mind and muscle." Today these principles still add value to your education!

At Massanutten Military Academy, we celebrate our military traditions on a daily basis. As a cadet, you will experience:

  • Wearing a cadet uniform
  • Following a disciplined daily schedule
  • Keeping a neat and orderly room
  • Living in a "company" structure
  • Being accountable at all formations
  • Becoming a leader by learning to follow within the chain of command
  • Exercising manners at all times
  • Participating in parades and other performances as a corps of cadets
As you develop your leadership skills and have proven your ability to lead, organize, and guide others, you will attain rank and responsibility. Being a cadet means you will receive an education that includes developing self-discipline as well as the ability to communicate with, guide, and mentor your peers. These qualities will serve you for success throughout your life.

Being a Part of The Corps

As a member of the Corps of Cadets, you will have a sense of accomplishment and belonging. Your growth will be charted by working toward real life goals and thriving academically. Through leadership opportunities and mentoring, you will begin identifying areas of strength and those requiring improvement.

With the help of a cadet officer and an adult advisor, you will take responsibility for your own progress and learn valuable mentoring skills along the way. The Corps of Cadets is a dynamic on-campus community that involves everyone.

The Long Gray Line

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  • A Speech Delivered by Bob Miller Class of 1965

    As I drive each time to MMA I look forward to seeing the entrance to the Shenandoah Valley. One sees it now from I-81 - back in the mid 1960's it was Route 11. Viewing the opening to the valley always brings back the memories of young days spent wearing a gray uniform and being called a cadet.

    Wearing gray, where did it begin - legends states, wearing gray uniforms began
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Massanutten has had a profound and, perhaps it’s appropriate to say, life changing impact on my son’s life.  We are thankful for the teachers, staff, and cadets who have helped him grow and mature into a more confident, more accomplished, and more likely to succeed young man.  I unequivocally recommend Massanutten Military Academy to those considering boarding or military school for their child.


Massanutten Military Academy is a co-ed non-profit boarding and day school for grades 612.