Cadets gear up for first year at military school

HARLINGEN — Cadet Richard Lee waited at the end of the counter.

Richard, 16, was signing off on the paperwork for new students collecting their shirts, shorts, shoes and other gear for their first year at Marine Military Academy. These were green recruits, completely new to the system.

Richard, of Houston, had a pretty good handle on what they were experiencing.

“They probably feel a little afraid,” Richard said. “This is probably their first time living away from home, living in a new place, new environment. There’s a lot of structure and discipline.”

He remembered his first day.

“Oh, I was scared,” said Richard, now a cadet lieutenant beginning his fourth year at MMA.

“I’d never lived away from home before,” he said. “It was all new.”

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