Today is the 5th of April 2013. Just another day in the life of the average american teenager. School has commenced, so what is so special about this day? Today is the JROTC Flight vs. Flight competition. One might ask “Why is that so special”? The JROTC is the beginning of training for tomorrows’ leaders. The cadets learn many lessons that will benefit them later in life. They develop leadership skills, a sense of honor and pride in America. It helps to bolster their self-esteem, give them a purpose and awards them when they exceed expectations. It also teaches them military protocol and discipline. Some cadets go on to join one of the branches of the armed forces, some cadets do not. One of the best things I can see is how it helps to teach them life lessons that they would not learn easily outside of school. My son has found purpose and direction. He has also become more focused and determined to excel. While he has excelled others may not have. It is up to the individual to step up and excel. It also teaches Teamwork. The cadets drill daily learning to work as a unit. They perform color guard ceremonies for different functions for both school and community. The are required to perform community service and this unit has exceeded their goal each year. At some military functions they are selected to present a “Saber Team”. The cadets work very hard to be precise and represent both their school, the Branch of service that they are associated with and their country. JROTC also addresses the growing issue with lack of physical fitness in the teenage population of today with its’ PT program. All cadets must pass the PFT (Presidential Fitness Test). The cadets also form teams to participate in the PT competitions at drill meets. AFJROTC has three core values, Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do. This combined with the sense of purpose, focus and discipline helps to develop the Patriotism, Pride and Poise in our leaders of the future.