Amanda Hamende – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) focuses on leadership, citizenship, and character building. JROTC is one of the most successful and impactful youth orientated programs in American History.

JROTC’s mission, according to their national website, is, “To motivate young people to become better citizens.”  JROTC carries over to the joining college programs, Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

JROTC started in public and private institutions in 1916 when the National Defense Act was passed.

Junior Olivia Grant stated, “I joined JROTC because I am very interested in a military career in the future.”

Many students have families or friends in the military, and it gives them a way to connect with relatives.

Grant added, “It’s definitely a confidence booster and the family environment causes us to work harder.  We all support each other at event, competitions, and especially when we are training.

“I found out about it as a sophomore because I had a friend of mine in the Battalion a year before that encouraged me to join.  I loved how close everyone was,” she said.

Grant stated, “I am looking into college ROTC programs right now so I can continue the work I am doing now.”

JROTC is a community that is a huge part in many student’s lives.

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