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.
I am a child of God. I may not be perfect, I have many faults, but who doesn't. I served in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman and am still proud of my country. I continued in the medical field when I was Honorably Discharged and have worked as a Nurse until I could no longer practice in 2010 due to health reasons. In 1987, I married my lovely wife Naomi and in 1997, God blessed us with a Son. Both are what I have tried to provide for and make sure that they have everything they need. I have done many other things in my life to make money on the side, but I never did learn the basic and most important steps of being a true Entrepreneur. I believe myself to be an Entrepreneur and know I have discovered the secret to success. It is not overnight and not a "get rich quick" deal. The truth is there is no "get rich quick". I have started on the path to true freedom, if this interest you come join me and we will travel the path to success together. View all posts by Mark