High School Cadets

By Rachael Tolliver

Urban areas have a reputation for being rife with violence and drug abuse, and where education and
employment opportunities are lacking. And while this reputation may not be deserved in many cities, one thing rings true for urban youth: Many are at risk.

Giving students safe activities, positive instruction, and life-skills training that will see them past the risk points is something that U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) instructors have placed high on their priority list.

JROTC began with the National Defense Act of 1916. High schools hire certified retired military personnel as
instructors who follow a prescribed course of training designed to teach citizenship and community service
while maintaining a minimum enrollment of students.

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