JROTC Should Be Mandatory In High School

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Todd G. Buchholz is quoted as saying ¨Today’s generation is literally going nowhere.¨ This is the common view of many people in this day and age, and I have to say that I agree. Most kids today are lazy, disrespectful, and not motivated to succeed. However, acknowledging that there is an issue and actually doing something about it are two different things. So now one question remains: What can be done to solve this problem? The best solution that I can propose is that JROTC should be a mandatory course for all high school students for at least two years. To start off, many students are opposed to joining the program because they don’t fully understand it. The main goal of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is not to recruit you into the…show more content…
In a nutshell, if we don’t want to create a new generation of Lindseys, Mileys, and Britneys, something drastic has to be done, to protect the future of all humanity, and JROTC is the key! When doing military drill on Mondays, students learn immediate obedience to orders. When preparing their uniform for personnel inspection on Wednesdays, students learn attention to detail. When given the opportunity to lead the platoon in an exercise on physical training Fridays, students gain a certain level of self-confidence.These traits are desperately needed in the youth of America. Just imagine with me the current state of the majority of young people today. Are they where they should be? With the general lack of respect, self-confidence and hard work ethic in mind, I’m not comfortable with saying that they are. How can we get them back on track? JROTC is the…show more content…
Gonakis, a guidance counselor here at EHS, disagree with the theory that JROTC is the key. She says that a downside of making the course mandatory is that “Students who aren’t interested in the program might fail or give the instructors a hard time.” However, the way I see it is that if two years of JROTC was a graduation requirement, then the majority of students would just put their time in and be done with it. I know this for a fact because the very same thing happens with most elective classes. Most students probably can’t stand some of their electives and feel like time is moving like a sleepy three toed sloth and they are just waiting for the day that it is finally over. Some of them may in fact give their instructor a hard time because of this. But the fact remains that for the most part, the students that don’t particularly enjoy their electives conclusively accept that it is something that needs to be done and get it over with, and they will do the same thing with

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