The Klein Cain JROTC program is not just new to the school; it’s also new to the district. Its unique story unfolds as we honor our Veterans this week.
Klein Cain High School opened its doors in August 2017, but this school year, the inaugural JROTC class, an Army based group, will participate in this year’s district Pass in Review military parade. (Editors Note: The 2018 Pass in Review ceremony was postponed indefinitely due to weather concerns.)
The cadets at Klein Cain have been working with cadets from the other four high schools to prepare for the parade honoring our Veterans. Beyond that, the cadets have been working on a curriculum based on building leadership and citizenship skills.
“The Air Force and the Army JROTC programs are both citizenship programs,” said Klein Cain Senior Army Instructor MAJ Carl Lockett. “We are both here to teach students leadership skills, organizational skills, self-respect, self-confidence and these are skills that regardless of where their purpose may be, these are skills that will benefit them.”
The JROTC programs are not just the first step to a military career. The lessons and experiences in the program reach far beyond that. Students have the opportunity to meet people, build leadership skills, and participate in additional activities such as color guard, yell squad and the physical training (PT) team where students compete in local and regional fitness competitions.
When asked what advice they would give to other students who are curious about the JROTC program, the students all agree that they would recommend it. They acknowledge that there are benefits to the program that they will be able to take with them in their futures, part of the bigger picture.
“I would tell them to go for it,” said ninth-grade cadet Josalyn McCloud. “It might seem like one thing on the outside, but it’s a way to meet people, and learn skills for your daily life whether you pursue a career in the military or not.”
The Klein Cain JROTC program currently consists of 72 cadets and is made up mostly of underclassmen who are asking how to become a leader and how they can play a bigger role.
“We are seeing these students really take charge and stepping up as leaders,” said Lockett.
“I have people looking up to me,” said ninth-grade cadet Brandon Edgar. “I need to be organized and be a good leader and those are skills that I will take with me when I graduate.”