PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: JROTC

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Written By: Dale Garvey

JROTC is an elective that students can enroll in when the make it to high school. JROTC is a Leadership program with the goal of motivating young people to be better citizens.

JROTC is basically a pre-military program but even people who don’t want to join the army can still participate in JROTC as it is one of the easiest classes in high school and it replaces three physical education credits.

The key to success in JROTC is teamwork. Everything in ROTC is about teamwork. From marching in a squad to working as a group on a class day there is a lot of teamwork involved in the Junior Army Reserve Officer Training Corp.

There is a weekly schedule to ROTC. On mondays the company marches. On the days we march we go outside of building 18 near the portables and practice basic marching and facing movements. Tuesdays and Thursdays are class days. On class days the company sits in the classroom and do book work and class work. The let 2 and 3 leave to a different classroom.

Wednesday is the uniform inspection day. The company will either go outside or into the range and get in formation to form the platoon. The squad leaders will check their squads and then the commander will grade each squad. Friday’s are PT days where we run.

The other thing that is important in JROTC are the army values. Everyday we get into class we recite the cadet creed.

After that we state the seven army values.

The army values are as follows: Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal courage.

Respect is very important in ROTC because of the ranks. In ROTC you respect a person who had a higher rank than you. In ROTC you need to follow the values and live by the creed. You also need to follow the rules if you do that you will be successful in Junior Army ROTC.