According to Warsaw Community High School Principal Troy Akers, WCHS may soon be offering students access to a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.
According to Akers, for the past two to three years the school has been investigating the possibility of improving curriculum by offering the JROTC program to students. Though there was interest from the school, endeavors to incorporate the program were delayed when the school was placed on the JROTC waiting list. Recently, the school was approached by a local armed forces chapter interested in beginning the program at the high school.
According to the U.S. Department of Defense, “The JROTC program prepares high school students for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. It is a stimuli for promoting graduation from high school and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities which will benefit the student, community, and nation.
“The program teaches young men and women the kind of self discipline, self-confidence, and leadership skills that can help them successfully meet the challenges of adulthood. This program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, by instructors who are retired Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel.”
Akers hopes to have the program passed by the school board in Monday’s school board meeting and states that more information will likely be granted during and following the meeting.
The program is expected to be voted on by the school board Monday night.