MSgt Larry D. Smith from the Prattville High JROTC answers your questions:
Should teens who aren’t certain about a future in the military join JROTC?
“It will provide them with a lot of information about the different branches of the military and how each branch operates. In our program, the cadets have opportunities to visit the bases of the four major branches of service (Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines). JROTC answers a lot of questions students have about the military.”
Do participants typically enlist?
“Probably 1/3 of our senior cadets enter directly into the military.”
What are the benefits of JROTC for both teens who are planning to go to college after or go straight into the military?
“Discipline, leadership skills, responsibility, teamwork and self-confidence, cadets gain a better understanding of how the military operates.” This can be a great advantage for a teen who thinks they may like the military lifestyle but wants to be sure before committing.
And of course there is the financial aspect: “Cadets going to college have a good chance to obtain scholarships entering directly into the senior ROTC program at the college level.” Cadets entering directly into the military obtain higher rank for each year they are in JROTC up to the pay grade of E-3.” [Which is $1847/month plus benefits.]