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Old 04-05-2019, 01:09 PM
Location: 60630
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Question for parents with kids in JROTC , or with kids who used to attend, or attended themselves as kids!

What was your/their experience and is it worth it?
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Old Today, 01:50 PM
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Both our kids loved it. Both also rose to be cadet commander. They voluntarily participated in drill team which won many district and state competitions. Their Color Guard was invited to several pro sports and public events even though we're in a small town several hours from state capital.

Even though both kids were academically gifted, JROTC was their favorite program for the life skills they learned. They would voluntarily get up and to school at 0400 to get on the bus for an out of state drill comp. They learned to be responsible for your gear and be responsible for more junior members learning.

I know sound like I'm gushing, but I consider JROTC one of the best value programs in school for teaching things that matter. The Marine DI than ran our program really cared about growing kids into responsible men and women.

Our oldest is now out of college and works for DoD. Youngest is at the Point. So it meant a lot to them.
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Old Today, 02:41 PM
Location: Herndon, VA
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It's like anything in life. It's what you make of it. People can have vastly different experiences.
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Old Today, 03:00 PM
Location: Central, NJ
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My nephew went to college on a ROTC scholarship, 3 years fully paid in a great school. He was active duty afterwards for several years and was promoted quickly. He has now landed a really great job and is in the reserves. We thought he might stay in for the long haul, but decided against that. It has turned out to be a great path in life for him, but it was obviously not without risk and quite a bit of loss.
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