It’s not merely a pipeline to the military; students join for a multitude of reasons. “I didn’t know about it in middle school”, freshman, Mathew Cha, Petty Officer Second Class said. “I figured it out when I was filling out [schedule information]. My sister was like ‘Hey try JROTC for a year. ’ and I thought ‘Why not? ’”. Ten months later, he plans on pursuing the class for the remainder of his high school career and beyond. “Senior year my goal is [to be] commanding officer, which is the top dog. Cha said. “I just have to keep pushing, do well and hopefully be recognized. After high school I want to be in the Service Academy, or get a college ROTC scholarship, which is when you go through a college course to actually train to be an officer and once you’re finished you get a job as an officer in the military. ” According to Hale, respect for self and community play a role in the overall mission of the program. Without a doubt, service is what the program was built on. As the area manager, I’m the link between the JROTC units within my area of responsibility and the navy. My area, area ten, is all of Texas east of Uvalde Texas, so I have 57 high schools that I am responsible for that have navy JROTC, and I’m their link back to the navy” JROTC did not meet the required number of students to keep the program running this year but now it is being built to be a stronger program by recruiting incoming freshman who are interested in the different aspects that it has to offer. When I first got here I would have told you there is no way they are going to make the numbers and I still believed it up until a few weeks ago because of the perception [of others],” Marine sergeant major Leal said. “I am very confident that the program will get the numbers. When we started going to the middle schools kids would be clapping and I would be like ‘wow am I on the moon or something. ’” There is more to JROTC that the average student believes it to be and what they can get out it from being a part of it. “I think one of the most important lessons we teach in JROTC is importance of service,” Hale said. And not just military service, but giving back to our school, our city, our community, our state, and our country that’s given so much for us” To students like Cha a year made a difference to him. At one point he wasn’t going to join JROTC but today he is a Petty Officer Second Class learning more every week. “You notice more things about how people present themselves and more about leadership qualities things that build a person to be more overall balanced life style” Cha said. “There is a lot of precision that goes into everything, like marching.
There are things you don’t really notice until you actually start doing it. ” JROTC isn’t just for boys, girls are a part of it as well and according to Leal they make great leaders and want more girls joining the program to continue their strong leadership. “There’s about a 4:1 ratio,” Alliah said. “I like it because I can tell the guys what to do so I have more power and they can’t talk back. ” With hard work and dedication any cadet can learn and get promoted to be a Master Chief but it isn’t all that easy along the way. You learn leadership traits and how to be a good citizen; you learn to be an effective follower and leader. ” Senior, Mathew Fuhrman, Command Master Chief said. “I myself have gone through the follower route and ended up being a leader out of it as a Command Master Chief, which is the guy who is third in command. ” JROTC is a program to help build up today’s citizens it’s much more than a PE credit but it depends on how you want look at it. “We aren’t looking for you to join we are looking for you to get citizenship and community service that in your mind something bigger than yourself. Leal said. “The placement of the ribbons is the most tedious. You have to bust out a ruler and make sure it’s right on or else you’ll get points ticked off, especially in drill meets. ” Cha said. “ When the instructor is inspecting you they will catch you and count off even if it’s a millimeter difference. They notice it’s really important to be exact where you place everything. ” Blah=Asian guy *The following are quotes from Commander Hale* “As the area manager, I’m the link between the JROTC units within my area of responsibility and the navy.
My area, area ten, is all of Texas east of Uvalde Texas, so I have 57 high schools that I am responsible for that have navy JROTC, and I’m their link back to the navy” “I think one of the most important lessons we teach in JROTC is importance of service. And not just military service, but service… giving back to our school, our city, our community, our state our country, that’s given so much for us” “For a lot of people, life is a series of day by day decisions, living each day trying to do the best we can, and where we end up in life is not always where we would have predicted when we were young. “The advice I would have to students of any other program in the high school, to work hard, respect your elders, listen to the people who have gone before you, keep your eyes focused on your own goals, and do the best you can every day, and end everyday asking yourself every day, what did I do today to make myself a better citizen, a better student. ” “A way to describe it, it’s difficult to wrap it up into just one thing because, it’s a program that is flexible, and scalable to what the school wants it or needs it to be. “ “Make sure everyone really understands what the program is.
It’s a program that I believe there are a lot of misperceptions about. A lot of people believe ‘I think you can only be in it if you are going into the military’. That it’s specifically for the military, and it’s not. It’s citizenship development, patriotism and service. And while a lot of people who do want to go to the military take the program; over half of the people in our program do not go into the military. It’s not just a pipeline to the military. ” “The mission established by federal law is to develop citizenship, patriotism, and service to country”. Said James M. Hale, Area 10 Commander of ROTC.