Glossary of NMMI Terms



Academic Retreat – Designated study time before final exams

Academic Weekend – Designated Saturday morning study time prior the end of each grading period

ACU – Army Combat Uniform

AP – Academic Probation – GPA Below 2.00 for a semester

AWOL – Absent without Leave


Barracks – Living Quarters

BDU – Battle Dress Uniform

Blue Book – Handbook of cadet rules and regulations

Box – Nickname for Hagerman Barracks

BRC – Breakfast Roll Call


Commandant – The office in charge of cadet life, leadership and housing. Similar to a Dean of Students (Abvr: CMDT)

Commandant’s List – Third Highest Academic Honor – 2.75 – 3.24

CQ – Call to Quarters


Dean’s List – Second Highest Academic Honor – 3.25 – 3.49

DLC – Daniels Leadership Center

DRC – Dinner Roll Call (Lunch)

DRI – Daily Room Inspections



FTX – Field Training Exercises (ROTC)


Good Standing – minimum 2.0 GPA, ‘C’ or higher in deportment, no outstanding tours, not on academic or disciplinary probation

Goss Quote – “Let it be clearly understood that if this is not a military school it is nothing. By this is meant not only the outward forms and visible signs of military government – the drills and parade – its tinsel and glare, but what is of more importance, the indoor government – the inner, private life, manners and habits of the cadet, the close, constant, kindly supervision over the cadet in every respect – checking him here, urging him there – in the privacy of his room, at his meals, in recitation or at drill – on duty – off duty- at work or play – is the spirit and purpose of this military school. Obedience is but self-command and who commands himself is best learning to command others.” (Colonel Robert S. Goss, Superintendent – 1891)

Guard Box – Primary delivery point for messages, letters, express mail, cakes, flowers, etc.


Harry Morrison – Point based competition that determines the best troop of the semester/year

Honor Code – “A Cadet will not lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate those who do.”


IDFY – (Institute Drug Free Youth) Volunteer Program that rewards cadets for committing to be drug and alcohol free


JRT – J. Ross Thomas Reception Room



LRC – Leadership Reaction Course


Mess Hall – Bates Dining Hall



New Cadet – Cadet in their first year (high school) or first semester (junior college)

NSG – Night Study Group – Supervised study generally for cadets who are no longer in good standing

NSH – Night Student Hall- Mandatory academic study time


Old Cadet – Cadets who have attended NMMI more than three semesters

On Ranks – Cadet(s) excused from certain duty requirements due to medical reasons

On Status – Cadet(s) excused from certain duty requirements


POD – Plan of the Day – document outlining daily cadet activities and schedule

Post – NMMI Campus

PMS – Professor of Military Science – Chief instructor and overseer for the ROTC program

PX – (Post Exchange) Quick snack stop and casual dining cafe



RATs – Recruits-at-Training – status during first 21/28 days at NMMI

RC – Regimental Commander – highest ranking cadet

Retreat – Lowering of the flag in the evening

Reveille – Morning roll call (abvr: Rev)


SAI – Senior Army Instructor – Overseer of the JROTC program.

Sally Port – Main entrance into Hagerman or Saunders Barracks

Sinks – Cadet Bathrooms

SOP – Standard Operating Procedures

SRC – Supper Roll Call (Evening Meal)

Superintendent’s List – Highest Academic Honor – 3.5 – 4.0


Taps – Last call of the day, lights out

Tattoo – Secure and post and prepare for lights out and bed check

TLA – Troop Leadership Advisor – Overseer of troops in matters of safety, security, health, welfare, mentoring and accountability



VMV – Banquet hall named in honor of cadets Vertress, Moore and Vlahopoulos, who died in a pool accident during Final Ball in 1954




Yearling – A high school cadet who has turned at the end of their second semester or a college cadet who has turned at the beginning of their second semester



1st Class – Junior College Sophomore

2nd Class – Junior College Freshman

3rd Class – High School Senior

4th Class – High School Junior

5th Class – High School Sophomore

6th Class – High School Freshman