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Nearing The End of My Time Writing About The Serra High Junior ROTC Program

Nearing The End of My Time Writing About The Serra High Junior ROTC Program

I am truly impressed with the NJROTC instructors, who stress patriotism, leadership, and personal responsibility. My son, Blake, has truly grown and matured while he has been a cadet. 

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Legal Insurrection readers may recall that my son is participating in the Serra High Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC).

I’m nearing the end of my time writing about NJROTC, as my boy is graduating in June.

The unit is now in the midst of the 2019/2020 fundraiser.

I am truly impressed with the NJROTC instructors, who stress patriotism, leadership, and personal responsibility. My son, Blake, has truly grown and matured while he has been a cadet.  Despite the fact that he has only been in the program 3 years, he has risen through the ranks to be a selected for one of the unit’s 5 command positions (Master Chief Cadet Petty Officer).q

Equipment is needed for special programs such as Serra High’s Cyber Patriot team, which is led by Blake. The Cyber Patriots competitions put teams of high school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with finding cybersecurity vulnerabilities.​ Serra High achieved the Platinum Level in the competitions, which was due, in part, to your kind support.

Serra High’s Cyber Patriot’s group is coordinated through the Air Force, which has inspired my son to apply for the US Air Force Academy. His goal is to join the Air Force, as he would like to blend is love of science and technology with practical applications. I do not think he would have considered this pathway without the NJROTC program. He completes his USAFA application at the end of this week, with a fitness test…so please send your prayers and positive vibes!!!

NJROTC also had an Academic Team. I am blessed to be able to be the parent coach of that team, which travels to area high schools to compete in quiz-show style meets. American government, history, and military protocol are all covered with very challenging questions. Our team took the 3rd place trophy in our regional competion last year.

Finally, the group holds the annual Cadet Ball.  It is one of the rare social occasions in which my son willingly participates! I managed to get a snap-shot of Blake in his dress uniform with the head Naval Science Instructor.

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Those interested in learning more about the Junior ROTC programs can find more information on these websites:

Legal Insurrection covers so much insanity at American educational institutions, so I am grateful for the opportunity to support our cadets and shine a light on their good works.

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Your “boy” looks like a man. He acts like a man. He will be a fine man that will make his parents proud. Congratulations to the mother and father for a job well done.

Add to the list:

– for those younger, 4H
– of his coming age, The Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M
– Masonry

A handsome, strapping young man. Here’s to his continuing on a well directed path, replete with capable mentors/leaders, to show him the ways of success.

ROTC is an vital program for our Nation and produces some of the finest leaders in the world. It would be great to hear about Blake’s continued journey with the military.

The University of North Carolina has Navy ROTC…

🙂

Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary, has a cadet program.

Okay, first the obligatory intra-service rivalry: pffft the Air Force. Go Navy (or Marines). 😉

Leslie, this posting delighted me! I wish the best of luck to your son. The path to being a man – worthy of being called a man – can be tricky, and your son has chosen wisely so far.

PS: once again you have risen in my esteem for you in your efforts to support both your son and these programs. God bless.

That’s a lot of medals. I didn’t have nearly that many.

Congratulations, Leslie, to you, your husband and Blake, upon his graduation!

A great accomplishment, for all involved.

David R. Graham | October 18, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Congratulations to your son and his parents! A small but important suggestion: teach him to hold his hands straight down at his sides when taking a standing picture.

Corollary when in military company (and best for all company, actually): hands straight down at sides when talking standing, never in pockets, never crossed behind or in front of the waist. If holding a glass while talking standing, hand not with the glass straight down at the side. If holding a glass in group picture, hold the glass behind the back of the person standing beside. Never hold glass (or bottle) in camera view when taking a posed picture, standing or seated.

Little things, big consequences. Warmest well-wishes to you and yours.

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