Special event recognizes the high school JROTC leaders for the upcoming school year
Posted on 06/11/2019
JROTC leaders with Dr. WaltsThe 2019 Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Leadership Reception was recently held at the Kelly Leadership Center. The event recognizes the newly appointed cadet commanders and leaders of the high school JROTC units.

Each year, a new group of cadets from each unit is selected by their instructors to take on the challenge of leading their JROTC units in the upcoming school year. The new student commanders and leaders earn the positions by having demonstrated to their instructors, and fellow cadets, the essential skills needed to build a successful organization.

JROTC courses are designed to teach citizenship and leadership skills through their respective service. The School Division has JROTC programs for the Air Force at Battlefield, Freedom, Hylton and Stonewall Jackson High Schools, the Army at Forest Park and Woodbridge High Schools, the Marines at Gar-Field High School and the Navy at Osbourn Park and Potomac High Schools.

JROTC cadets commit to learning in four-areas of emphasis: character development, leadership development, citizenship and community service. These leaders stand out as scholars who are also involved in sports, community service opportunities, and other extracurricular activities. JROTC units are called on to serve as color guards for many community and division-level events, including professional development conferences.

“We are honored that one of our color guards is always there to represent pride in our country and start each event with dignity and excellence.” said Doug Wright, supervisor of career and technical education.

Superintendent Dr. Steven Walts, School Board members William Deutsch (Coles District), Lillie Jessie (Occoquan District), and Alyson Satterwhite (Gainesville District) also attended the event.