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In grade nine, students are introduced to the JROTC program, with an emphasis on the importance of understanding the ethics and principles underlying good citizenship, selfless service, responsibility and leadership. The primary goal is to motivate cadets to be better citizens. Students examine the evolution of U.S. citizenship and freedoms stated in the Bill of Rights; the history and organizational structure of the JROTC Program and of the Army; and the traditions, customs and courtesies of the military. Students focus on health issues and being successful in high school, college and future careers.
During their second year, students learn a basic understanding of leadership situations. The program focuses on techniques of communication, leadership labs, health, history, career opportunities and the role of the United States Army. This year also gives students the opportunity to study military history and examine American involvement in wars and conflicts, along with the impact those conflicts had on the structure and role of the U.S. military and our government.
The third year of the JROTC program gives students the opportunity to study and put into practice the basic principles of good leadership with emphasis on character, personal and professional values, and attributes required to be successful. This year also introduces students to the basics of financial planning, budgeting, insurance, savings and investments. Students are more involved as teachers and leaders within the cadet brigade.
Seniors at La Salle Institute have the opportunity to provide leadership for the entire high school, giving them practical experience in leadership and management. Students are assigned leadership positions such as commanders and staff officers. They are responsible for the daily operations of cadet companies to include: coordinating, planning and executing daily inspections, drill competitions, parades and numerous other events. They act as assistant instructors and continue to develop their leadership skills in preparation for their life after graduation.