May is the month for graduations — high school, college and others. Ans it’s one of the others that deserves a bit of notice.
The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Danville High School conducted its graduation ceremony of sorts this week, recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of 145 high school students.
JROTC is a voluntary program for students to help them develop academic as well as physical skills. The curriculum emphasizes personal accountability, how to act as a good citizen in today’s society and explores career options after high school.
Its participants wear military-type uniforms, and can progress through the ranks into the group’s officer corps. There are more than 1,700 programs in the United States, according to the JROTC, all of them focusing on improving students in a variety of ways.
The program at Danville High is relatively new, and its 145 members in an enrollment of about 1,600 at the school shows its popularity. Whether the participants plan to enter the U.S. military after high school or not, they will benefit from the organization.
The work is hard, but the rewards are great. That is what JROTC teaches it participants. And it’s a lesson many more of their high school classmates should note.