JROTC at WCPSS High Schools

There was an update on the JROTC programs in Wake County Public School System high schools in the Student Achievement Committee of the Board of Education Tuesday.

Colonel Robert Penny of the Air Force JROTC program at Sanderson High gave the board an overview of the program serving more than 160 students.

Penny told the committee that his JROTC students have earned $3.8 million in JROTC scholarships and Air Force Academy appointments over the last seven years, have completed 3,642 hours of school and community service this year, earned Air Force JROTC Distinguished Unit for seven years and cadets have been selected as Student Body President, National Honor Society Vice President and Homecoming Queen.

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WCPSS has JROTC program at Sanderson High, Broughton High, Cary High and Wake Forest-Rolesville High.

Air Force JROTC programs are at Sanderson and Broughton High. Sanderson has more than 160 students. Broughton has more than 100 students. Navy JROTC is at Cary High. Cary has more than 125 students. Army JROTC is at Wake Forest Rolesville High. Wake Forest Rolesville High has more than 85 students.

Each year, more than 95 percent of WCPSS JROTC cadets graduate from high school on time. The JROTC curriculum focus is one citizenship, leadership, team work, character education, physical fitness, history and specific instruction based on the military branch.

Millbrook High is working to establish an Army JROTC program at the school. It’s expected to begin in the 2010-11 school year. Garner High administrators have expressed an interest in establishing a JROTC program there.

The high schools provide part of the teacher pay and space for instruction. The military pays the other half of the teacher’s salary, funds the program in the school and provides for a number of after school programs for JROTC cadets.

Col. Penny from Sanderson said 12 of his cadets have attended Air Force JROTC Honors Camp, hundreds have taken part in summer leadership schools at Marine Air Station Cherry Point and Pfeiffer College and cadets get to go on field trips each year to such places as military bases, New York City, Washington D.C. Kennedy Space Center, and numerous museums and parks.