JROTC is a program where every student is treated equally and fairly. JROTC is hard work, but it also is very fun because there are many different things to do.
Some students do not like JROTC because they have to cut their hair, or the instructors expect more of JROTC cadets than the other students. All cadets learn integrity, respect, honor and many other things. We believe this is a great program for getting cadets military ready, or for students who want to be prepared for their future. Some students want to be in this program because they like to be pushed to work hard. Other students don't like it because they do not like to be pushed to work.
Some students disagree that JROTC is hard work. Some think “what's hard about wearing a uniform and marching”? Well the truth is, it is hard. When students first start they have to learn the cadence, how to stay on step, all the commands for competitions and inspections which they are graded on, and responsibility. JROTC is all about being respectful and responsible.
While JROTC is hard work, it is also a lot of fun. For example, there are competitions, teams, cadets earn community service hours, and cadets learn to be dependent on each other. This is good because cadets must learn to work as a team to have a good flight. Teamwork is one of the most important thing in a flight because without it the flight will not be on step with each other, their cadence will be off, and the cadets will not be together which would throw off the flights marching.
There are also a lot of events cadets can attend that are fun, but can also earn community service hours from events such as, the military ball, the veterans day program, light up the night, and many others. These events are mandatory which means they are graded. If a cadet misses a mandatory even without a good reason, and a note signed by a guardian, they will receive a grade of a zero. If cadets go to most of the events, work hard, and get a lot of community service hours their rank will go up. This means when each cadet wears their uniform they will get to wear their rank and their insignias.
Each uniform day is graded whether it is a service dress, tie/tie tab, open collar, or even P.T day. When cadets do not wear their uniform on the day it is assigned, they can receive a zero for that as well as not going to events.
To solve this problem students who believe JROTC is not hard work or fun should join and see just how amazing it can truly be.
J1 Student, Kaitlyn Wiggins.