Advocates of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps see it as a valuable program that instills leadership and discipline skills in teenagers, while critics view it as a military recruiting tool for the youngest and most vulnerable.
In March, the Lodi Unified School District board narrowly approved curriculum for a year-long course that focuses on classroom and laboratory instruction in the history, customs, traditions and purpose of the Army JROTC. But, even the discussion brought up strong opinions from school board members on either side of the political fence.
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