What an amazing program that mentors these young men and women! Three cadets that attended our holiday dinner in 2015 have graduated from high school, entered the marines, and graduated from boot camp. The seven young men and ladies that came this year were a delight. What an honor to see our chosen charity in real terms through these cadets!
This year we raised $1630 for the DHS MCJROTC. The funds raised provide learning and training opportunities for the cadets that would otherwise simply not be available. One field trip for cadets will be to Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego to inspect the World War II coastal artillery batteries constructed to protect the harbor from Japanese attack.
We also collected over 276 coats that have been distributed to the students enrolled in the MCJROTC program. As you know, many of these cadets are from disadvantaged families and the clothing items were greatly appreciated.
Many thanks to Mary Kloss for her recommendation of the MCJROTC program for a charity option, and for Laurey Amens who instigated the first coat drive two years ago. TWO GREAT NINER LADIES!
For the fifth consecutive year, Desert Hot Springs was designated a Naval Honor School by Headquarters Marine Corps. Only the top 20 percent of Marine Corps Jr. ROTC units nationwide earn this designation. This program normally has between 155 to 180 cadets. About 10 percent of graduating cadets volunteer to enter the U.S armed forces. Cadets who graduate from DHS High School are eligible for a $3,000.00 scholarship if they have maintained satisfactory grades and have been enrolled in the program for at least two years. Eighteen cadets received scholarships in 2016.
The major objectives of the program are to develop informed and responsible citizens: developing better reading and critical thinking skills, strengthening character and leadership skills, informing cadets about the role the U.S. Marine Corps has played in American history, enhancing cadets knowledge of geography, teaching fundamentals of close order drill and uniform regulations, and improving physical fitness.
Hoorah for the DHS High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC!