Coming in the fall of 2014 there will be an exciting new program at Kuna High School that will be at no other school in Idaho, the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC).
The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps came into being with the passage of the National Defense Act of 1916. Army Captain Alden Patridge began the program through the National Defense Act of 1916. JROTC is offered to students in grades 9-12. Under the provisions of the 1916 act, high schools were authorized the loan of federal military equipment and the assignment of active or retired military personnel as instructors on the condition that they followed a prescribed course of training. JROTC is a Federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across the United States.
Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is a military program you can join in high school to get more experience with the armed forces before you actually join up, and each high school offers a different type of JROTC military branch i.e. Marines, Army, Air Force, and Navy.
“This is not a recruiting program,” Steve Fisher, Kuna High Counselor said. “In fact only five percent of students who participate in the program actually go into the service.”
But if students do decide to join up by participating in the JROTC they may be able to skip some of the first basic steps and ranks. By taking three to four years of this course, it grants cadets the ability of higher rank if they pursue a military career.
“Steve was the spearhead for this program, without his efforts it would have never happened,” said Melanie DeLashmutt, Community and Human Relations Manager with Kuna Joint School District No. 3. Melanie assisted Steve in bringing the program to the high school. As no high school offered JROTC in Idaho, it wasn’t hard to get everyone on board. With Steve in charge it was a done deal within a month and was approved both here and nationally.
“It feels like this might feel the niche some kids are missing here,” Steve shared.
JROTC helps develop citizenship, patriotism, self-reliance and responsiveness to all authority. It also helps Improve the ability to communicate well both orally and in writing. It encourages students to appreciate the importance of physical fitness. Develops a knowledge of team building skills, basic military skills and Increases the respect for the role that U.S. Armed Forces play in the support of our national objectives.
You could say it is like military training and a whole lot more for high school students. It introduces them to the of chain-of-command, listening to orders and giving orders, keeping a clean uniform, formation, and lets no forget marching.
The main goal is to prepare students for leadership positions by training and skills building. The program helps develop the “whole person,” and offers more then just wilderness survival. In fact, with the Air Force JROTC coming to Kuna High the students will also receive training in Aerospace Science, The Science of Flight, Cultural Studies, Exploring Space, Management of the Cadet Corps and Aviation Honors Ground School. It appears that the class is filling up fast there is already 30 students on the list.
“It just adds to the great things we offer here at Kuna High,” Melanie offered with a smile. She also is requesting if there are any retired military persons (male or female) who would be interested in teaching this class or students interested in taking this class please contact Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
–Written By Lisa Pecchinino