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Eyes Forward, Seeking Leadership

JROTC teams learn life skills

They stood out among crowds when in uniform. They acted in the respectful manner that they had been taught. They were members of JROTC. Perhaps the tight-knit feel of JROTC was what made its members so successful.

“I find JROTC to be a family, a great group of people who learn skills such as leadership, respect, honor, teamwork, motivation and so much more,” Van Berry, 12, said.

JROTC helped its members to become better people.

“It has given me discipline, taught me respect and made me want to do the best in everything I do,” Steven Digiovanna, 12, said.

Outside of school, skills learned in JROTC helped cadets such as Austin Blair, 12.

“It helps me with my communication,” Blair said.

Many of the skills learned in JROTC can became helpful to the cadets later in life.

“JROTC has taught me to be a more aware citizen. It has also taught me core values such as honor, discipline and teamwork,” Tucker Robertson, 11, said.

JROTC also prepared its members for military service if they choose to take that step in life.

“I plan on joining the Marines because I’ve always wanted to be a Marine,” Garrit Christian, 11, said. 

Some students, such as Dillion Lloyd, 12, have already joined the military. “I’m already enrolled in the military. I’m in the Army National Guard,” Lloyd said. He chose to join the military while still in high school, Lloyd said, “to be something bigger than myself.”

Through the useful values and skills taught, JROTC members were prepared at graduation to begin their lives as informed and aware citizens.