Below is an email excerpt from NMMI Commandant Jonathan Graff, sent out to NMMI faculty, staff and the Corps of Cadets:
Ladies and Gentlemen,
This last weekend represented a significant milestone for this year’s Recruits. Not only was this Fall Family Weekend, but it was also the time for Recruits to transition to New Cadet status. This year 455 cadets started the semester as Recruits at Training (RATs). Of this number, 431 were able to meet the rigorous challenge of becoming a member of the Corps of Cadets. We are all very proud of their accomplishment.
Throughout the past seven weeks, the Cadet leadership has been responsible for training and ensuring that each Recruit knows, understands, and meets the standards required to be a member of the Corps of Cadets. These standards are:
– Live by the Honor Code and demonstrate high ethical and moral standards.
– Demonstrate self-control, self-discipline, and respect for authority.
– Demonstrate military bearing and social etiquette.
– Accept responsibility and accountability for your own actions.
– Show consideration for others and respect for diversity.
– Learn the Institute’s customs, traditions, and regulations.
– Demonstrate attention to detail and the ability to organize and use one’s time effectively and efficiently.
– Complete the physical fitness test, set goals for physical readiness development and demonstrate a commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.
– Demonstrate the ability to be a good follower, a good team member, and establish goals for leadership and character development.
– Avoid high risk behavior.
– Demonstrate a strong work ethic, and the desire to learn and achieve academic excellence.
– Live by the NMMI core values of Duty, Honor, and Achievement.
The Cadet Chain of Command has recommended to the Regimental Commander that each Recruit be elevated to the status of New Cadet. New Cadet privileges include:
– Wearing of the black New Cadet boards with the NMMI crest
– Wearing of earned awards on the B w/Brass and Class A uniforms
– Use of the game room on weekends
General Permit for New Cadets on following weekends is contingent on the conduct and performance of RAT duties through the following weeks. General Permit for New Cadets will be based on recommendation from the Cadet chain of command. New Cadets are expected to work together as a class to achieve and maintain high standards.
Presentation of the New Cadet Boards signifies official acceptance of Recruits into the Corps of Cadets. Congratulations, New Cadets!
On that note, the Corps performed outstandingly across the board over this weekend. Rooms and uniforms were excellent during the formal inspections. The “Best Squad” competition was performed to JROTC Drill Competition standard, and even had to be cut short as rigorous standards pushed the competition up into parade prep time. The Corps went straight from the squad competition to the parade field with barely a break, and despite the heat, only three cadets fell out. This parade was one of the best any of us have seen, even though it was the first parade of the year. Your hard work has paid off.
Parents, visitors and alumni who spoke with the staff this weekend were thrilled with the growth and positive experiences their cadets were having. One distinguished alumnus stated that the standards and performance of the Corps were outstanding and very much the same as what he experienced as a Cadet at NMMI. That is quite a compliment to you all.
In recognition of this outstanding performance, I am granting the Corps a Free Rev on Wednesday, 27 September.
I am very proud of the conduct of the Corps over the weekend and especially of the leaders who helped to achieve this standard. You are making some amazing things happen!
Keep leading by example,
Jonathan K. Graff, Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, (Ret)
Commandant of Cadets / Dean of Students
New Mexico Military Institute