Welcome to the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program at Forbush High School. I am excited to have you and your student interested in the Falcon Battalion.
First, I want to stress that we are not here to recruit for the military! JROTC is a Leadership and Character Development program, taught by retired military cadre using the latest instructional technologies, focused on student centered learning in a structured environment. Through participation in the learning process, cadets gain a deeper understanding of the subjects and how to apply what they have learned.
This program is designed to allow cadets to learn, practice and develop their leadership skills. We achieve development using a military form of organization and leadership positions. Each position has its own purpose which ensures the accomplishment of our mission: “To Motivate Young People to Be Better Citizens”.
The first year cadets are mainly followers, with the Junior and Senior level cadets practicing and developing their leadership skills as the key leaders in the program under close supervision from the SAI or AI. Third and fourth year cadets, Leadership, Education and Training (LET) III and LET IV, have the opportunity to be in an Honors Program if they meet certain requirements.
We have two before and after school programs; drill team and rifle team. These teams compete against other high school JROTC programs throughout North Carolina, normally on the weekend. Additionally, we have our Color Guard and Honor Guard responsible for the Nation’s Flag at certain events and the Raider Team which participates in competitive events focused around physical fitness and confidence building.
Course Description: “What will my son or daughter specifically study in JROTC?” Below is a list of the topics which are covered as part of the four year JROTC Program:
National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE, a high school financial planning program)
Weekly Schedule: Each week is set up according to the following routine:
Monday / Friday – Physical training, Cadet challenge
Tuesday / Thursday – Academic instruction
Wednesday – Leadership Lab (consists of uniform inspection and drill)
Course Requirements: To ensure your success, the following is required:
Grade Policy: JROTC grading is in accordance with the Yadkin County scale:
Final grades for this course will be calculated by the following percentages:
First Nine Weeks = 40% of final grade
Second Nine Weeks = 40% of final grade
Final Exam = 20% of final grade
Each nine weeks’ grade will be calculated based upon the following points per assignment/activity:
Physical Training = 25 points per day
Leadership Lab = 100 points
Quizzes/Projects = varies
Homework = 100 points
Final Exam Exemption: Students who are exempt from the final exam may still take the final in order to improve their semester grade if necessary.
I hope this letter provides insight into the JROTC program at Forbush High School. Please feel free to call or come by to see me if you have any questions. I may be reached at 336-551-1140 Ext 5086.