are my personal views. I found the JROTC program to be very influential
in steering me on the right course as a young adult, and I would like
to share some thoughts concerning those groups that want JROTC removed
from public schools.)
This picture says a thousand words about the JROTC program. While many
teenagers can be found cruising the mall parking lot on a Saturday afternoon,
this young adult is standing on the edge of a 60-foot rappel tower about
to overcome one of his biggest fears. Eye to eye with the seasoned instructor,
this JROTC cadet is getting the kind of coaching that cannot be found
in any other classroom in the world. This isn't about politics or guns,
and there's no government program or subsidy that's going to hold his
hand when he makes this jump. Today this cadet will learn the true power
of the individual, and that he alone holds the key to his success. When
the day is done he will have accomplished what had earlier seemed immpossible..Three
Internet has revolutionized research. Millions of people looking for
answers to everyday problems are depending more and more on the web
to provide the information they seek. Verifying the accuracy of information
found on the
be a hard
nut to crack. It is my wish that easy access to an avalanche of information
about JROTC will provide favorable results for the program. Unfortunately,
my love and admiration of JROTC in the form of this web site is equally
matched by groups opposed to the JROTC program. Conscientious objectors,
gun control advocates, and socialists make up a network of web sites
and publications bent on the removal of the JROTC program. History
does not stand in favor of their arguments, but truth has fallen prey
to an author's pen on many occasion. Unlike these groups, I
the power of JROTC first hand; as a
not exactly what you'd call a spring chicken; it was over eleven years
ago when I graduated high school as the Cadet Battalion Commander
of the Magna Vista (VA) Warrior Battalion, and I can testify that JROTC
teaches young adults the importance of citizenship, but not by trampling
on the concept of the individual. It was the desire to protect individual
rights that lead to the very founding of our nation, and JROTC accurately
tells this story. However, the true version of history and what it means
to be a good citizen does not please all people.
false face, socialists lament the welfare of today's youth, but they
are only interested in controlling the way your child views
the world. Showing each student that he or she has the power within
themselves to overcome all obstacles no matter how great -- without
the 'helping hand' of government or society as a whole-- is the last
thing they want your child to learn. Since the birth of this nation
has transcended all difficulties. The JROTC curriculum fortifies,
nurtures and coaches this American spirit into a powerful force your
child can use to overcome his or her individual struggles.
particular zeal, conscientious
objectors are the loudest opponents of the JROTC program. Ignoring
the important role our military has played in our past and will play
in our future
could prove a detriment to our free society. While
it should be emphasized that being in JROTC does not indicate
your child will join the
it should also be pointed out that the brave souls that fought
for our nation's independence were little more than farmers, lawyers,
writers, doctors, and businessmen that took up arms in the fight
for freedom. We are all bound together in the
struggle to maintain our liberty, and as a U.S.
you cannot escape this heritage. This is not
'somebody else's problem'. While
I am sympathetic to their desire for peace, human nature dictates
not equate to the absence of conflict.The preservation of our
freedom as a nation, and on an individual level will cause us
many a foe. If you are looking for a curriculum
that teaches students to bow their heads in shame because they live
in the greatest country on Earth, JROTC is not what you seek. No amount
of conscientious objector fodder will cause me to lose pride in my
nation. Nor will I let it have that effect on my child.
control advocates are horrified by the marksmanship portion of the
Aghast at the thought of young adults learning the proper safety
and use of a firearm, these people stand in abject denial of our
history as a nation made up of individuals. From world dictators
to domestic tyrannies, to common thieves, the olive branch has only
there was a threat or actual use of arrows in our defense. Despite
the pop culture pressed upon the youth of today, guns are not bad.
They are an essential tool for protecting
life, liberty, and property from all enemies both foreign and domestic.
If you truly love liberty you cannot put away your arms.
Gun control advocates
of a 'gun-toting redneck,' but it must be acknowledged
Henry, Thomas Payne, Samuel
Theodore Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, just to name a few, all firmly
believed in the importance of firearm ownership for personal preservation.
like to stress that JROTC is a voluntary class;
you have to sign up for it. Any attempt to remove JROTC is an attempt
to control what choices you have in raising your children.
you are the parent of a child that may take JROTC,
rest assured your child will not be "brainwashed" or
turned into a "little murderer." Spend a few minutes
speaking with the Senior Army Instructor from your child's school,
and you will see
the true purpose of the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is to
"Motivate Young People to Be Better Citizens!" Your child
will be encouraged to complete high school and continue on to college!!
you are a JROTC cadet past or present
do not let the self-proclaimed "thinking class" remove the JROTC
program from your community.
able to recognize opponents of the JROTC program:
main plank in the National Socialist program is to abolish the liberalistic
concept of the individual and the Marxist concept of humanity and to substitute
for them the folk community, rooted in the soil and bound together by
the bond of its common blood." (Adolph Hitler,
quoted in Hitler, A Study in Tyranny, by Alan Bullock (Harper Collins,
We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all."
(Nikita Khrushchev , February 25, 1956 20th Congress
of the Communist Party)
must stop thinking of the individual and start thinking about what is
best for society." (Hillary Clinton, 1993)
can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans
..." (President Bill Clinton, USA Today, March
11, 1993, Page 2A)
Lady thinks you're too ignorant to know
what's best for
able to recognize friends of the JROTC program:
we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly.
It is dearness only that gives everything its value.
Heaven knows how to put a price upon its goods, and it
would be strange indeed if so celestial an article
as freedom should not be highly rated."
is two wolves and a lamb voting on what
have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb
contesting the vote!" (Benjamin
abundance was created not by public sacrifices to 'the common
good,' but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their
personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes.
not starve the people to pay for America's industrialization.
They gave the people better jobs, higher wages and cheaper goods
every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery
or technological advance -- and thus the whole country was moving
forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way." (Ayn
that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety
deserve neither liberty or safety."
has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the
subjects of government. The history of liberty is
the history of resistance. The history of
liberty is a history of the
limitation of governmental
not the increase of it." (Woodrow Wilson )
any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means push back
a boundary-line and adding to one`s liberty."
(Henri Frederic Amiel )
every nation know, whether it wishes us well
or ill, that we shall
pay any price, bear any burden,
meet any hardship, support
any friend, oppose
any foe to assure the survival and the success of
liberty." (John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address
Washington, D.C. January 20, 1961 )
is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace,
Peace--but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!
The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash
of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand
we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is
life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains
and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may
take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"
(Patrick Henry March 23,1775)
not the size of the dog in the fight,
it's the size
of the fight in the dog." (Mark Twain)
you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better
than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We
ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that
feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity
forget that you were our countrymen." (Samuel Adams)
smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual
rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." (Ayn
with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect every one who approaches
that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.
Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined." (Patrick
Henry, 3 Elliot, Debates at 45 (Virginia Convention, June 5, 1788))
is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for
one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men
because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy
for evils, except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms
are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined
nor determined to commit crimes....Such laws make things worse for the
assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage
than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater
confidence than an armed man." (Thomas
Jefferson's "Commonplace Book," 1774-1776, quoting 18th century
criminologist Cesare Beccaria in Chapter 40 of "On Crimes and Punishment",