Nationwide, only 45 schools offer a military program comparable to TMI’s Corps of Cadets, which has been designated an Honor Unit With Distinction. Cadets are required to wear TMI designated military uniforms on campus during school. Each week, Cadets participate in several formations and drills outside of JROTC class time. Each month, they conduct and participate in additional special ceremonies and parades. TMI Cadets are also a regular and welcome presence at parades and community service activities throughout San Antonio. Emphasis throughout the program is on leadership. Values including integrity, dependability, self-discipline, commitment, respect and loyalty are taught. The instructors are the Commandant and Deputy Commandant, who are certified as Army Instructors by the US Army and have over 55 years military experience between them, bringing their experience and leadership to the Cadet battalion.
The Corps of Cadets is essentially a leadership laboratory. The lessons learned here have leadership applications both in and out of uniform. The Cadets are led by Cadet officers and sergeants, not by coaches and teachers. Cadet officers (lieutenants, captains, and above) are the equivalent of corporate officers, business executives, or chief administrators within a corporation. Cadet sergeants are equivalent to first line supervisors, personnel or operation managers, and team leaders. The success of our Cadets is a result of placing the ROTC classroom leadership theory into practice. This enables Cadets to learn respect for authority and sharpen their leadership skills. The Cadet commanders are responsible for Cadet organizations of between 30 and 120 Cadets. This responsibility includes Cadet conduct and appearance. A Cadet staff officer's responsibility covers the areas of supply and equipment, recruiting and public information, administration, operations, scholastics and retention. At the first line of the supervisory level are juniors and sophomores, who lead smaller groups of Cadets, ranging from 7 to 18 in number. Cadets are held accountable for their own actions as well as those under their command. The Middle School, freshman and sophomore Cadets learn to follow leadership from upperclassmen. Additional leadership opportunities are available for all Cadets, through The MacArthur Rifles Drill Team, Color Guards, Bagpipe and Drum Band, and The Rifle Team (marksmanship), the Saber Guard (Haines’ Sabers), Cannon Crew, Physical Fitness Platoon, Pistol Club, and Orienteering Team. These groups represent TMI both on campus and in the surrounding communities.
A Tradition of Success
Since 1974 the Cadet corps has been a voluntary program. The leadership program at TMI has a long and distinguished history. Fourteen alumni have risen to general officer rank, including General of the Armies Douglas MacArthur, while past alumni have received the Medal of Honor and at least Five Distinguished Service Crosses (second-highest award for valor). Former Cadets include bishops, congressmen, and university presidents.