Dayton High School is extremely proud of the Marine Core JROTC program. These cadets and instructors do a great job preparing students for life. Principal Geoff McCracken said this about this group: “Our ROTC program helps our student cadets learn personal responsibility, the value of serving others, and how to be a student leader. Our students take pride in their program and work hard to be the best they can be. Our instructors, CWO 3 Tash and 1st Sergeant Matthews are doing an outstanding job leading these young men and women. Our recent ranking of 4th out of 68 schools in the Regional Drill Meet is an example of the work they do. I am very proud that our cadets provide community service at many functions and events in the Dayton-Liberty area.
The following discussions about the purpose of the MCJROTC program and their highlights from the last competitive season:
Marine Corps JROTC is a character building and development course sponsored by the United States Marine Corps, focused on developing self-confidence, discipline, citizenship, leadership skills, and sense of purpose. responsibilities within each cadet.
Participating in JROTC can lead to:
· A strong sense of community and a commitment to serving the community.
· Provides cadets with regular feedback on their current performance, accomplishments and goals.
· Many cadets form lasting relationships with others.
· Cadets who choose to complete two years of Junior ROTC and choose to serve our nation, reap the benefits of higher pay and rank when they enter the military enlisted force.
· Scholarship opportunities for college.
MCJROTC teaches a variety of courses and activities many of which are not normally available to the typical high school student, only to cadets. They include the following:
· Physical education
Military Customs and Courtesies
· Wearing and maintaining the uniform
· First aid
MCJROTC End of Year Recap 21-22 School Year
The MCJROTC began the year being recognized for the 6th consecutive year as a Naval Honor School. As always, MCJROTC participated in various competitions throughout the school year.
This includes the Joint Leadership Academic Bowl (JLAB). JLAB is an online competition allowing 4 cadets to qualify for the championship organized in Washington, DC. The JLAB has many benefits for cadets who participate, including:
• Improve SAT/ACT scores
• Access to college prep materials
• Increase interest in college admissions
• Demonstrate the academic strength of the JROTC program
• Strengthen the esprit de corps
• Win the opportunity to travel to our nation’s capital
Over the summer, cadets competed in the CyberSTEM competition where they learned skills in robotics and computer engineering. Two of them received monetary rewards for their work.
MCJROTC also participated in 6 marksmanship matches. Marksmanship consists of shots sanctioned by the Competitive Marksmanship Program. These are 3 position air rifle matches in the sport class.
In addition to these competitions, we participated in five exercise competitions in Region 5 and hosted the 5th Annual Dayton High School. The meetings took place in the following schools as well as the prizes won during these competitions.
March 2022 – Region 5 Regional Exercise Competition held at Allen High School 16 schools in attendance
3rd Reg unarmed
February 2022 Brenham exercise meets regional qualifier 24 schools present.
1st place at the Inspection
Feb 2022 Pasadena 18 schools present
2nd place control
3rd Place Primary Color Guard
3rd Place Secondary Color Guard
Male PT 1st place
Jan 2022 Hays 13 schools present
Armed settlement 3rd place
3rd place army exhibition
3rd place control
1st place secondary CG
4th place overall
Dec. 2021 Montgomery
1st place at inspection
3rd place Armed Regulation
2nd place PT
In addition to the above competitions, cadets performed 16 Color Guards within the Dayton/Liberty community. Additionally, MCJROTC cadets have completed over 3,400 hours of community service.