If my prep school in Texas had offered JROTC, I’d probably have joined. After all, I was keen on joining ROTC in college (never happened) and even threw myself in my own, self-induced physical training regimen in preparation (that did happen). But alas, my prep school in Texas was way too preppy for JROTC. And I never ended up in ROTC in college after all.
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve covered a story involving or about Dallastown’s JROTC program, but every time I do run into the instructors, I learn something new. This time around, when I covered their sixth annual JROTC camp for fourth through eighth grade students, I learned that their recruitment numbers are projected to be way up.
Not that that’s what camp is about.
Camp, according to one cadet, is about fun. And discipline. And learning to respect your elders. But also fun.