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									        East Gadsden High School JROTC Overview
        On behalf of our principal Mrs. Rosalyn Smith and the Jaguar Battalion, we
welcome you to East Gadsden High School, “Home of the Mighty Jaguars.” I would like
to take this opportunity to enlighten you with information about one of the best JROTC
units in the State of Florida.

        To start off, Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is an elective high school
course taught by retired military personnel at selected private and public schools in the
United States. The East Gadsden High JROTC program is the largest in Gadsden County
and one of the largest in the State of Florida with an average enrollment of over 275
cadets. The “Jaguar Battalion” is also one of the nation’s best programs having earned the
designation from the Department of the Army as an “Honor Unit with Distinction” in
December of 2007. This designation is reserved for the top 10% of all JROTC programs
throughout the country.

         Furthermore, the mission of the JROTC program is to “motivate young people to
be better citizens.” To accomplish this mission, the program combines classroom
instruction and extracurricular activities oriented on attaining an awareness of these
rights, responsibilities, and privileges of citizenship; developing the student’s sense of
personal responsibility; building life skills; and providing leadership training and
opportunities. The program emphasizes building character traits that will help students
survive and succeeding in an increasingly complex world.

        The most prestigious and highly awarded part of the Jaguar Battalion is the Drill
Team. The East Gadsden High School Drill Team is the first organization to win a State
Championship and have done so for four consecutive years (2004-2007). We compete in
numerous competitions every year. In 2005, The Color Guard placed 2nd at the Eastern
National Regional Army Drill Meet in Landover, Maryland. In 2006, we competed at the
National High School Drill Team Championship in Daytona Beach. The Drill Team has
won an average of over 35 trophies per year. This year, we competed in six competitions.
We have won the 1st place overall team trophy at FAMU Pershing Rifles’ Drill Meet for
five consecutive years. This year, we went to State with five new inexperience
commanders. Earning a 4th place trophy in Armed Squad Exhibition and a 5th place
trophy in Male Unarmed Platoon Regulation, 7th place out of 22 schools in Female
Armed Platoon Regulation, and 10th place out of 25 schools in Female Unarmed Platoon
Regulation.

        In conclusion, The JROTC program is one of the most interesting and valuable
experiences of a cadet’s high school career. In JROTC, you will be given the chance to
participate in your education and will learn to be a better citizen. The program provides
you with tools and skills you can use to succeed in high school, but far more important,
these tools and skills will be useful for the remainder of your life.

                            “NO SLACK HOOAH”

								
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