jrotc

Cadet Creed

I am an Army Junior ROTC Cadet.
I will always conduct myself to bring credit to my family, country, school and the Corps of Cadets.
I am loyal and patriotic.
I am the future of the United States of America.
I do not lie, cheat or steal and will always be accountable for my actions and deeds.
I will always practice good citizenship and patriotism.
I will work hard to improve my mind and strengthen my body.
I will seek the mantle of leadership and stand prepared to uphold the Constitution and the American way of life.
May God grant me the strength to always live by this creed.

About JROTC

The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program put forth by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across the nation that train high school students in Leadership and Military Sciences. The program is entirely run by the cadets, with the assistance of two or more retired servicemen, a senior instructor (officer) and an assistant instructor (enlisted NCO, warrant officer, or commissioned officer of lesser rank). It is a military regulated high school program that educates high school students in leadership, self-confidence, and skills that can be applied to everyday life. The mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to become better American citizens.

Battalion Staff

Current Staff

The JROTC program is run by a unit of staff, these positions are:

  • Battalion Commander (Staff) - Connor McGonagle
  • Deputy Battalion Commander (Staff) - Efner Pierre
  • XO (Executive Officer) - Jemineth Reyes
  • Command Sergeant Major (Staff) - Shawn Thelusma
  • S-1 (Maintaining cadet records) - Walter Alonso
  • S-2 (Security) - Helena Grimaldi
  • S-3 (Operations) - Ben Faircloth
  • S-4 (Supply) - Vacant
  • S-5 (Public Affairs) - Alec Koontz
  • S-6 (Communications) - Sandra Victoria

Staff Position Descriptions

  • Battalion Commander (Cadet Lieutenant Colonel McGongle)
    • Responsible for all the battalion does and fails to do 
    • Makes operational decisions for the battalion
    • Designates particular areas for inspection and/or supervision by members of the staff and company leaderships
    • Requires reports from the staff as necessary
    • Inspects the work of staff
    • Organizes and presides over staff and commander calls
    • Ensures that guidance and directives are passed to the appropriate cadets and staff clearly and without delay
    • Works with school officials, campus organizations, and the community to coordinate battalion activities and ensure the battalion will act in accordance with school JROTC policy
    • Mantains close contact with the Senior Army Instruction
  • Deputy Battalion Commander (Cadet Major Pierre)
    • 2nd in command
    • Obtains the Battalion Commander's responsibilities when the BC is absent
    • Overall responsible for all Battalion operations
    • Supervises the operations staff, to include S-2, S-3, and S-6
  • XO (Executive Officer) (Cadet Major Reyes)
    • Performs as the Battalion Commander during his absence and the absence of the DBCO
    • Act as the Commander of Troops during battalion formations
    • Advises the battalion commander on all matters involving the operation of the battalion
    • Directs and coordinates the Battalion Staff
    • Is aware of what tasks the staff is involved with and assists with their efforts
    • Performs duties as directed by the battalion commander
    • Directly supervises the S-1, S-4, and S-5
  • Command Sergeant Major (Cadet Command Sergeant Major Thelusma)
    • Assists the Battalion Commander as required
    • Ensures that cadets maintain a good military bearing and appearance
    • Keeps the Battalion Commander informed about the issues affecting the cadets
    • Sets the example in appearance, conduct, and participation
    • Organizes the Company Streamer Competitions
    • Responsible for all Individual Training to include uniforms and drill
  • S-1 (Cadet Major Alonso)
    • Prepares records and reports for the SAI and the Battalion Commander
    • Maintains cadet records, service, awards, promotions, and personal data
    • Maintains the Organization chart
    • Acts as secretary at Battalion Leadership Meetings
  • S-2 (Cadet Captain Grimaldi)
    • Must be familiar with Microsoft Office programs
    • Responsible for ensuring that cadets understand security requirements and that battalion security directives and policies are current
    • Responsible for the accountibility and security of all sensitive items
    • Collects all information required by the operational staff
    • Contributes to the operational staff as directed by the DBCO and S-3
  • S-3 (Cadet Major Faircloth)
    • Organizes battalion operations and activities such as parades, reviews, and extracurricular events
    • Prepares all school/company trainings
    • Prepares Activity Planners and schedules
    • Maintains an Activity Calendar and notebook
    • Prepares/ensures After Action Reports (AARs) are completed; maintains activity/project files
  • S-4 (Vacant)
    • Maintains accountability of battalion equipment and supplies
    • Prepares requisitions for equipment and supplies in accordance with Army regulations and policies
    • Ensures the service ability of Battalion equipment
    • Issues clothing, insignia, and other supply items as directed by the SAI/AI
    • Manages Supply Room operations and organizations and requirements
  • S-5 (Cadet Captain Koontz)
    • Responsible for marketing JROTC
    • Coordinates and is responsible for publishing the battalion newsletter
    • Coordinates with the school newspaper and yearbook staffs to ensure JROTC is represented
    • Coordinates and helps plan public service events with the S-3 or Project Officers/NCO's
    • Ensures that photographs are taken at every JROTC activity
    • Prepares pre and post social media releases for all Battalion events and competitions
    • Maintains the Battalion History Binder and Battalion Scrapbook
  • S-6 (Cadet Captain Victoria)
    • Responsible for all photo and video support for all battalion events
    • Maintain and update the battalion social media pages
    • Maintain and update the battalion website
    • Responsible for the Battalions recall rosters, manage all Battalion internal communications
    • Manages JROTC Google Drive data

Cadet Resources

Ranks

These are the available ranks for cadets to earn, for more information, speak with your Company Commander, XO, or First Seargent. You can also contact a staff officer or instructor.

Ribbons and Awards

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER

Wednesday, December 2:

-Team Shirt ACU Day

-UF James Stevens Middle School Visit

-Uniform Inspections and Company Businesses

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Thursday, December 3:

-Academic Bowl

-Leadership Bowl

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Friday-Saturday, December 4-5:

-Burroughs' Home Christmas Decorations

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Tuesday, December 8:

-JROTC JPA Riverdale

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Wednesday, December 9:

-All Star Football Game

-JROTC JPA Cypress Lake

-UF Middle School Visits

-Uniform Inspections and Company Business

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Thursday, December 10:

-JROTC JPA Fort Myers

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Friday-Saturday, December 11-12:

-Heartwalk

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Monday-Tuesday, December 14-15:

-National Guard Visit

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Wednesday, December 16:

-UF Middle School Visits

-Uniform Inspections and Company Business

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Thursday-Friday, December 17-18:

-First Semester Drill Competition

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Monday-Friday, December 21-January 1:

-Winter Break (NO SCHOOL)

-Burroughs' Home Takedown (Sunday, December 27)

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JANUARY

January 4-28, 2016:

-JROTC Ball Sign Up and Pay

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January 6, 2016:

-Uncommon Friends (UF) Middle School Visits

-Uniforom Inspection and Company Business

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January 13, 2016:

-School Choice Open House

-UF Middle School Visits

-Uniform Inspections and Company Business

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January 14-21, 2016:

-1st Semester Exams

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January 21, 2016:

-First Semester Exams

-Seconod Quarter Ends

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January 29, 2016:

-JROTC Essay Contest Packet Due

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January 30, 2016:

-BBQ Show

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Team Descriptions and Commanders

  • Drill (Cadet Lt. Colonel Desjarlais)
    • The Drill Team is an extra-curricular activity in which cadets compete with different JROTC units in different regulations of Army Drill. Participation in the Drill Team earns he cadet awards based on performance.
  • Academic (Cadet Lt. Colonel Atwood)
    • The Academic team showcases the knowledge of JROTC, teams of cadets answer questions related to STEM studies, academic lessons, and JROTC knowledge. These teams train and compete at competition.
  • Cyber Security (TBA)
    • If you are interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), then come out and join our newest team! In this new program, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cyber-security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.
  • Raiders (Cadet Major Peterson)
    • The Raider Challenge Team (Adventure Team) is an extra-curricular activity in which cadets compete against different JROTC units in competitions that exemplify peak physical fitness and field skills such as rope-bridge building and crossing. Participation in the Raider Challenge Team will earn a cadet numerous awards and team trophies. Students interested in the Adventure Team must be active members of the JROTC Program.
  • Color Guard (Cadet Major Milz)
    • The color guard (where the word color here means flag) carries the National Color and other flags appropriate to its position in the chain of command. Typically these include a unit flag, a departmental flag (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard), or a state flag. In addition to the flag bearers, who are positioned in the center of the color guard, there are two individuals who carry rifles.
  • Exhibition (Cadet Captain Deliscar)
    • The Exhibition Team is a more intricate and varied version of the Drill Team, this team has more freedom in routines and also introduce exhibition rifles into routines. The Exhibition Team can compete in competition and display their skills at school and city events.
  • Marksmanship (Cadet Captain McIver)
    • The Rifle Team is an extra-curricular activity that competes with different JROTC units locally and nationally in the skill of marksmanship. Using air rifles, cadets compete as a team and as an individual. Participation in the Rifle Team earns a cadet certain merits and distinctions among his peers as well as firearm safety. Highly skilled cadets can earn scholarships and potentially tryout for the US Olympic Team.
  • Unarmed Exhibition (Cadet Sergeant Johnson and Cadet Sergeant Ortiz)
    • The Unarmed Exhibition team is similar to the Exhibition team in that they are a more intricate and varied version of the Drill team. But what seperates it from both teams is the absense of exhibition rifles and the reliance on ones own ryhtmic ability and ability to perform in sychronization.