Welcome from the President
For more than 105 years, Riverside Military Academy (RMA) has produced young men of purpose, character, and a commitment to those ideals necessary for citizenship and leadership in a free republic. At RMA, we offer a traditional, American-style education where personal values, honor, and love of country still matter. RMA is not owned or operated by any particular religious denomination, but supports the spiritual and educational goals of all families. In that regard, the Pledge of Allegiance, the blessing at mealtime, and cultural respect and appreciation for those of different race, gender, and religion are not only expected, but mandatory.
The military process at RMA is not an end in itself; it is simply the means to an end. The end being an educated young man who has experienced the challenges of the military model of education and who is completely prepared for the rigors of college – a cadet who is poised, polite, and confident in any social environment.Hence, RMA cadets stand tall, offer a firm handshake, respect authority, and display a level of confidence that parents may not have observed previously.
The military setting adds structure, responsibility, accountability and yes, consequences when necessary. All contribute to a well-rounded young man. This environment works for those who have historically underachieved, who simply have not been able to manage their time, and who tend to procrastinate in every endeavor. The rigorous days at RMA are filled with academics, military activities, social activities, and athletics. Thus, there is little time for non-productive activities.
It might sound as if Riverside is all work and no play. But that could not be further from the truth. Besides scholastic athletics, there are intramurals, the Drill Team, chorus, drama, band, and other clubs and organizations. These activities are performed on or in some of the finest facilities in the country.
In closing, at RMA, we change what cadets think is good enough in terms of effort and achievement. Mom and Dad, you will see the difference.
For the Corps,
Dr. James H. Benson, Col, USMC (Ret)
President, Riverside Military Academy
Read Col. Benson's Full Biography
Order Col. Benson's Book
Colonel Benson's Speeches and Interviews:
Character Development Presentation (August 2010)
Fallen Heroes Memorial Speech (October 16, 2010)
Silver Taps Speech (May 13, 2011)
Dr. Bill Lampton's Radio Interview with Colonel Benson (August 23, 2011)
Spring Parents' Day Presentation (March 30, 2012)
Interview in Education Executive Magazine (Summer 2012)