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Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps curriculum narrowly passes Lodi Unified School District board

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  • Jamie Scarbrough posted at 12:42 pm on Tue, Jul 5, 2011.

    Jamie Scarbrough Posts: 15

    I was in AFJROTC in high school and made some good friends who did not go into the military so who ever thinks that JROTC trains high school students to join the military is wrong. Some did join and this program gave those who did a good start into it.
    JROTC is a fun safe school program to get involved in, our program had 3 teams in it a 50 state flag drill team, a silent drill team and a weapons drill team all 3 teams won national competitions, 2 teams won competitions at the Air Force Academy. Anyway JROTC was a great time and I made friends that I still have contact with to date, I think it’s about time that Lodi Unified offered this program!!

  • John Kindseth posted at 12:53 pm on Mon, Jul 4, 2011.

    John Kindseth Posts: 246

    We have had 3 children in the military, two in the Army and one in the Air force. We currently have 1 in the Army, one in the Air Force and a grandchild in the Navy.

    I support any board member who puts their support behind JROTC/ROTC and our military and look with disgust at those who dont.

  • Tab Shiota posted at 11:02 am on Mon, Jul 4, 2011.

    tazzzz40 Posts: 1

    First of all, I want to say thank you to Staff Sergeant Rueb for his valuable service and excellent letter.

    I am Lodi born and bred but currently live in Mississippi. At 19 I joined the Army and have traveled throughout the world and the US and left the service after 15+ years.

    While in high school (1971-75) we had Navy JROTC and though I never was enrolled in the class had many friends who were. Even though SOME did choose to serve in our military, not all did...JROTC is not a recruiting factory for new troops...however everyone that did take the courses came away with many great attributes for their character...pride in oneself, a sense of honor and respect, leadership, and patriotism. Sounds like the program does lots of good and remember this is from one who was an outsider and an observer not an insider.

    From my viewpoint, those who are afraid of the program just don't have an appreciation of what exposure to military history and traditions can do (remember this country was founded through a revolutionary war).

    As for the idea of creating warmongers...the ones who fight the wars are the ones who fight the most for peace..this program will instill in students the high cost of war and the reasons not to go to war until it cannot be avoided.

    Happy Fourth of July...Happy Birthday America...May God Bless our service members wherever they are.

  • roy bitz posted at 2:10 pm on Sun, Jul 3, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 503

    Thank you for sharing your positive views and support of this important program.
    Your excellent letter helps folks understand the value of the ROTC program and will help sustain it.

    Thank you for your service Sarg!

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:26 am on Sun, Jul 3, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Great letter, sir and very informative not only to myself and others lacking knowledge of the ROTC program, but valuable information to those who would be future ROTC enrollees, and especially those youths who are completely uninfformed or aren't sure of the expectations of being enrollded in the ROTC program. Thank you for your service to our country and God bless you Staff Sergeant Anthony Reub. Have a great Independance Day along with your fellow soldiers!

  • Robert Chapman posted at 8:55 am on Sun, Jul 3, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Staff Sgt. Rueb, a big THANK YOU for you service to America from a Lodi USAF vet. As I celebrate the 4th of July in the safety of my home, I will also give thanks to the millionsof veterans and current service people who make it possible.
    Happy 4th to you.

  • Sam Heller posted at 9:37 pm on Sat, Jul 2, 2011.

    Sam Heller Posts: 176

    Staff Sergeant Anthony Rueb, great letter and thank you for your service !!!! Happy 4th to you.

  • Anthony Rueb posted at 11:56 am on Sat, Jul 2, 2011.

    USAF_VIA_LODI Posts: 3

    I am a Lodi native, born and raised. I graduated in 2004 and enlisted in the United States Air Force one month after I graduated. I joined for a multitude of very personal complex reasons. However, I knew nothing about the military prior to joining. I signed papers as fast as the pen would release ink and never looked back. After graduating from Basic Training (boot camp) and Technical Training, I wished I would've had the leg up on my comrades like other troops who attended schools with JROTC programs. They knew the drills, heritage, histroy and poise neccessry for a successful transition from civilian to miltary life. I did not. I had to learn by the numbers and absorb a lot information very quickly with little room for error.
    My point is, JROTC gives kids the heads up on what to expect from the military. It also provides a streamlined means to gain rank quicker. Even if the student chooses not to join the world's greatest military, they will still be exposed to invaluable life lessons not addressed in other classrooms. Lessons such as, respect for elders, discipline and honoring traditions that were pivital in formation of our country. If a teacher has an unruly student that demonstrates lack of respect and discipline they are virtually powerless. If the teacher steps outside of their instructional position away from their area of expertise and tries to instill these neccessary traits into a young student, they run the risk of facing harrassment and discrimination issues. Whereas a JROTC class lays down the expectations and the soonest deviation from the student warrants termination of the students opportunity to be in that course. Thus, presenting yet another life lesson not exclusive to just military service; conform to the standards of conduct or face swift consequences.

    I am happy that this passed in Lodi, narrowly as it may have. It will be a great addition to the district (given the right instructors) and teach our students pride in one's self versus the current tone of public academics which seems to be political correctness rules all. Good luck to all future cadets and like my uncle told me before I joined "listen to the smart ones".

    Staff Sergeant Anthony Rueb
    Undisclosed location, Iraq.

  • Robert Chapman posted at 10:11 am on Sat, Jul 2, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Heaven help us should we, as a society, elect to support programs that actually instill self worth, pride and patriotism in our young people. What possible good could come of such programs? I gotta sit down and think this through.......

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:26 am on Sat, Jul 2, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Neely believes it can create leadership and life skills...

    I have never been in the military, but I am thankful that George understands the value this program brings to society. Great job George!!



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