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CPT Joseph E. Elliott (Retired) US Army
Commandant of Cadets
My military career spans just shy of 5 – yes – 5 decades. Started with
enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in February 1969 to ending at
the Casualty & Mortuary Affairs Unit-Human Resource Command, US
Army June 2012. I went straight to the Army Cadet Command as a Senior
Army Instructor for Junior ROTC.
My first JROTC unit was in the middle of the Navajo Nation, Pinon, AZ.
The school required 2 semesters of JROTC for graduation. We had 185
Cadets each year out of a school of 389 students! While at Pinon HS we
became one of the top feeder high schools for New Mexico Military
Institute-getting 12 Cadets accepted and 5 of those in the Early
Commissioning Program (ECP) with full 4 year ROTC scholarships. I was
able to get Pinon HS JROTC approved as the 6 th or 7 th CTE certified
JROTC in the state of Arizona meaning added funding of about $125,000
yearly to the school!
Leaving Pinon we returned to our home of record in Missouri for the recent
2 years as a Senior Army Instructor at the Missouri Military Academy
(MMA) and had the opportunity to open a new JROTC unit in Boonville,
MO. My drill team at placed 2 nd in the very first drill competition by
AMCSUS. At Boonville’s first year our CyberPatriot, Academic bowl and
Leadership bowl teams all finished first in their state divisions!
I made it a mission to create working relationships with the Rotary, DAR,
VFW, American Legion, Chamber of Commerce, Navy’s Blue to Gold, 9-11
Stair Climb of MidMissouri, Kemper Military Academy Alumni Association,
and all branches of US military recruiters.
I sought out this position at UMA because I whole heartedly agree with the
Academy’s “Vision & Mission”. I will create the atmosphere as laid out in
Cadet Command’s mission statement-“To motivate young people to be
better citizens” and the Army’s 7 values- LDRSHIP-Loyalty, Duty, Respect,
Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage. I want our Cadets to
learn and love to serve something greater than themselves. I want the
Cadets to learn to want to be the cream of the crop while still being humble.
I want their self confidence and esteem to grow!
Now my wife of 49 years this June and I are truly excited to join UMA.
Please note that my photo is a Department of the Army official photo and
we are not supposed to smile. I am actually quite personable. I love being
and serving in uniform.
CPT J E Elliott
US Marine Corps, US Army (Retired)