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What is JROTC?

k8JROTC is an elective class that is offered for up to four years beginning with Leadership Education Training - 1 (LET-1). The course provides academic credit just as any other elective course in high school. The curriculum emphasis is on citizenship, leadership, teamwork and personal responsibility. Students are required to wear uniforms once a week. These uniforms are provided to the students free of charge so long as they are returned at the end of the year or whenever they leave the program.

JROTC students are a cross-section of the student body as a whole. However, most teachers and administrators will tell you that JROTC students are more self-disciplined and motivated than their counterparts who do not take JROTC. We seek to instill positive personal morals, respect and responsibility. These are characteristics that carry our students throughout their high school years and into adult life.

A common denominator for JROTC students is their level of involvement in school sponsored extra-curricular activities and community service. It is generally recognized that students involved in wholesome activities tend to present fewer problems at school and at home. JROTC provides opportunities to become involved in after school activities like Raider Team, Air Rifle Team, Drill Team, and Color Guard.

JROTC Mission Statement
To motivate young people to be better citizens.

2019-2020 Battalion Staff

Battalion Commander: Nayelis Gonzales Sanches
Executive Officer: Carson Watts
Command Sergeant Major: Zachary Wheway
S-1 (Adjutant Officer): Sharnae' Harmon
S-2 (Security Officer): Nicholas Cataldi
S-3 (Operations Officer): Brenna Hummel
S-4 (Logistics Officer): Jose Ibarra-Vazquez
S-5 (Media Officer): Aidan McAnelly


Q. You say you’re not recruiting, but don’t many JROTC graduates enter the military?
A. Many cadets find they enjoy military discipline and structure; it brings out their best and allows them to excel. Some win appointments to one of the military academies. And those who enlist can enter military service at a higher rank and pay grade. But the JROTC program DOES NOT request or expect a military commitment of any kind.

Q. Can JROTC help students go to college?
A. We definitely can help. JROTC training improves the ability to study, take tests, to set goals, and to focus. What are colleges looking for? Leaders, scholars, and athletes.

Q. Do cadets have to wear uniforms?
A. Yes, but usually only once a week, or when taking part in special ceremonies. The rest of the time normal clothing, such as the school uniform, is fine.

Q. Are there any fees for uniforms, books, or special equipment?
A. The JROTC program supplies uniforms, books, and all other equipment used in the course, free of charge. There is a fee if the uniform is damaged, lost, or stolen.

Q. Is JROTC as hard as it sounds?
A. The course is demanding, but most students who make an effort really enjoy the challenge and thrive on the hard work and discipline.

Q. Who teaches JROTC?
A. Retired Army personnel with years of experience working with young people are the instructors. They are certified by the U. S. Army, but they are hired by, and work for, the school. We have state-of-the-art instruction techniques.

At Sussex Tech, our JROTC program is instructed by Major Ben Jester and 1st Sgt. Timothy Spence. Click their names to email with any questions.

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