Thursday, August 27, 2015

Learning to Lead: JROTC at BSTC

BSTC is honored to house a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) led by retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Paul J. Becker and Chief Warrant Officer 3 Gregory L. Jenkins.

Truly designed to prepare students to be more involved, productive citizens, JROTC is a multifaceted program.  Upon arriving at BSTC, new administrator Mrs. Kim Halterman noticed the leadership skills core to the JROTC program.  "Students learn leadership skills like motivating others, decision making, planning, effective speaking and writing, teamwork, and problem solving," adds Lieutenant Colonel Becker.  Students engage in a wide variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities including service projects and physical conditioning.  BSTC's program is accelerated, meaning that four years of JROTC curriculum is accessed across a typical two-year program enrollment.  At BSTC, JROTC cadets become part of the "Wolfpack."

Certainly, JROTC provides students with knowledge of careers in the military across the branches of service.  While students who elect to join the military who have completed JROTC are eligible for promotions upon enlistment, participating students have no later obligation to serve in the armed forces.  We encourage Bedford County students interested in JROTC programming to contact their school counselors and/or BSTC, 540.586.3933, about enrollment opportunities.

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