The goal of the JROTC program at La Salle Institute is to:
- Nurture personal growth by continually emphasizing the ethics and principles that foster good citizenship and good leadership.
- Instill discipline by a daily routine of inspections and holding students accountable for their appearance and actions.
- Provide practical experience in leadership by entrusting students with leadership responsibilities and holding them accountable for their actions.
The aims of the program are:
- To maintain and enhance the appearance of the students and the reputation of the school by requiring students to properly wear the school uniform neatly and to act with courtesy and politeness when interacting with other students and the staff and faculty.
- To provide a realistic system of merits and demerits, which will allow all cadets, who wish to excel, the opportunity to achieve the highest rank available to members of their class.
- To achieve a high degree of student government in the conduct of the JROTC program. The JROTC activities are planned and directed by the students, with concurrence and guidance of the JROTC Instructors.
THE JROTC ACADEMIC CURRICULUM
Grade 9: Introduction to the JROTC Program with 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 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.
Grade 10: During the second year students learn basic details about 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, and the impact those conflicts had on the structure and role of the U.S. Military and our government.
Grade 11: 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 on attributes required to be successful. This year also introduces students to the basics of financial planning, budgeting, savings and investments, and insurance. Students are more involved as teachers and leaders within the cadet brigade.
Grade 12: Seniors at La Salle Institute have the opportunity to provide leadership for the entire high school. This opportunity gives them practical experience in leadership and management. Students are assigned leadership positions 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 preparations for their life after graduation.
All Grade Levels: All students are required to take an annual physical fitness test. This test is commonly referred to as “The Cadet Challenge.” The test includes the mile run, curls/sit ups, shuttle run, pull-ups, and a flexibility test called the V-sit and reach.
THE JROTC EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Drill Teams: Drill teams include the Mc Cormicks (Junior Varsity) and the O’Donovans (Varsity). The teams are composed of students that are interested in the fine art of Military Drill. They participate in several performances throughout the year and engage in competitions with other JROTC Schools in New York and New England. They march in most of the local parades, and compete annually at the national drill competitions in Florida.
Color Guard: This group is composed of students that are interested in carrying the National, State, Papal, and La Salle Flags at numerous events and ceremonies. They participate in local parades and present the colors at numerous ceremonies and athletic competitions.
Rifle Club: Interested students have the opportunity to join the La Salle Marksmanship Club. The club uses pellet rifles at the RPI Rifle Range usually three times a week after school. Transportation from
La Salle to the RPI Range is provided. Students are responsible for transportation from RPI to their home. The rifle range and students are trained and supervised by a certified NRA instructor.
Pathfinders: This organization provides interested students the opportunity to learn more about military training. Activities include: physical training, hiking, drill, rope bridging, and participation in sporting events within the group. The pathfinders usually meet in the morning two times a week.
Summer Camp: This is a one-week program that takes place at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts. Interested students from over 40 different High School JROTC Programs learn basic military skill, participate in competitions, learn about teamwork, and experience the life of a soldier. This program provides a great opportunity for students to spend a week away from home and meet students from other JROTC programs.
OTHER ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
Officer Commissioning Program: This is the senior leadership program. Seniors are selected at the end of their junior year to fill the leadership positions of La Salle Institute. Selections are made on the basis of earning merits during their first three years at La Salle, faculty recommendations, special training program, and examinations. Cadet officers are responsible for the day-to-day running the JROTC Program.
Annual Military Ball: In February of each year, JROTC cadets sponsor and host a formal military ball. Participation in this event is overwhelming and it has been said that it is the high school social event in the local area. The event gives the students the opportunity to experience the fine aspects of dining in a formal setting with their classmates, fellow students, and their dates.
Support School Activities and Events: All students are always encouraged to support school events as volunteers. Volunteers are the backbone of many successful events. As such, students have the opportunity to be selfless and help when help is needed.