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    Tuesday, November 21, 2017-10:37:25A.M.

     

     

     

     

     

FEATURE: About the JROTC Program of Accreditation

TINIAN — In preparation for our upcoming JROTC Program of Accreditation or JPA evaluation we want to inform all stakeholders of the importance of this upcoming event. 

First of, the JPA occurs once every three years. The last JPA was a pilot test and the schools of the CNMI were selected then to participate in the pilot. The JPA includes a Color Guard Evaluation, an In-Ranks Inspection, a presentation by the cadet leadership on a topic referring to a battalion “Continuous Improvement Plan” and another presentation by another group of cadets on a chosen “Service Learning Project.” Also included in the evaluation is a look into at least 10 cadet portfolios, and finally an inspection of the JROTC Instructors Portfolios.

The JPA will begin with the Saipan schools, Tinian and finally the Rota HS JROTC Program. The dates extend from the 4th to the 7th of December with RHS finishing on the 11th of December.

The importance of doing well in this evaluation is that the cadets have an opportunity to earn a rating of “Honor Unit with Distinction” or HUD. The HUD is given to a unit that scores 95 percent or higher in the evaluation and the cadets are then authorized to wear a “gold star” as an indication of their accomplishment. Our evaluator for the upcoming inspection is retired Maj. Mark Pratt of the U.S. Army Cadet Command 8th Brigade.

The mission of the Army JROTC “Is to Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens.” The Army JROTC program was brought to the CNMI in 1993. Since its inception the JROTC has been an active participant in many school and community events. Although the program is Army funded, we are not an arm of the Recruiting Command. We are a “life skills” course and our curriculum reflects that. Our curriculum was updated in 2005 and is accredited through a national accrediting agency known as “AdvancED.” The Army JROTC curriculum also partners with the National Endowment for Financial Education or NEFE, to educate our students on fiscal responsibility. We teach basic First Aid, Leadership and drug awareness classes. We also teach civics classes with an introduction to the U.S. Constitution, the Preamble, rights and responsibilities of citizens and an understanding of our National Flag, respect and what the flag represents.
In the aforementioned cadet portfolio’s we require a résumé, a growth plan, evidence of learning, letters of recommendation, among other cadet personal notes. This professional portfolio allows the student to exit with a dossier which they can submit to a potential employer. The curriculum also requires all the cadets to participate in a Service Learning Project. The project is chosen by the cadets, approved by the Army Instructors, planned and executed by the cadets and a written reflection upon completion of the project. Finally, we challenge our students to assume leadership roles and crucial staff positions. This helps them prepare for the work force as they learn supervisory techniques, teamwork and organization.

In anticipation of the upcoming JPA we ask for everyone’s cooperation and understanding as we make demands of our students so that they will achieve their goal. We thank everyone in advance including the Leadership in our CNMI Community, the CNMI PSS Leadership, all school administrators, staff and teachers and most especially the parents and guardians who support our programs and help us in becoming Honor Units with Distinction.