By Davinson Ariza
The Junior ROTC group at William Penn High School is a great way to gain leadership, honesty, responsibility. The JROTC group, stands for Junior Reserve Officer Training corp, students build character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership and diversity. This can also help students gain disciplinary military experience.
One of the requirements for students in ROTC is to wear uniforms specific days they are told. They have to have to have their shoes polished and their uniform fresh and clean. They also have to learn military commands which many people find difficult to do in order to become a member of the rotc group
For example, ROTC sophomore Abdoul Konate said, “There are a lot of commands to remember, they all sound very similar”.
Students in ROTC can receive ribbons to show their rankings. The rankings are C/Airman, C/Airman 1st Class, C/Senior Airman and the final highest ranking is a C/Staff Sergeant.The ROTC student says his current ranking is a C/airman 1st class.
To be in the program it takes a strong mentality because the discipline is that serious, there are moments when students are unmotivated but still have the support from sergeants.
C/airman 1st class man Konate said, “My commander is very understanding when I mess up. She motivates me to work harder so I can make her proud”.
Although when you first arrive to ROTC it is not as easy as some think there may be a couple of times where students need to keep cool because they may not be used to the discipline.
When speaking about his freshman year Konate said, “The commanders are always complaining and nagging so it’s very difficult to keep my cool and listen.”
Even though Konate has said he does not want to have any future in the military he is taking this as a learning experience by saying “The people around me have made me a better leader.”