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    Welcome to the Gettysburg Area High School

    Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program.


    Army JROTC is a high school elective with a mission “To Motivate Young People To Be Better Citizens.”  The nationally-standardized curriculum is designed as a four-year program, with students progressing from Leadership Education Training level one (or “LET-1”) to LET-4, covering six different topic areas.  These are Citizenship in Action; Leadership Theory and Application; Foundations for Success; Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid; Geography, Map Skills, and Environmental Awareness, and Citizenship in American History and Government.  Please note that not all of these units are covered at each level.  Your son/daughter will receive a syllabus with more detailed information.


    At Gettysburg Area High School, students can complete the program in four semesters. Students may begin the program at any time but must begin with LET-1 regardless of grade or academic standing.  Students are encouraged to take the full program to get the full benefit of the curriculum.  Students who are not currently enrolled, but scheduled for the following semester are eligible for JROTC integrated-curricular activities, as long as they are otherwise eligible to participate in athletic programs.


    We do not actively recruit for the armed forces or teach any war-fighting skills.  Our purpose is to develop character and discipline and instill the values of service to the nation and community, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.  Upon completion of the program students attending college may be eligible for advanced placement in Army ROTC at the discretion of the Professor of Military Science.  Students who chose to enlist in the military services may be eligible for advanced rank and pay if they have successfully completed two or more semesters of JROTC.


    Integrated-curricular Activities: JROTC sponsors a Color Guard, Drill Team, Raider Challenge team, Leadership & Academic Bowl teams, and Marksmanship team during the year.  Students are encouraged to participate in these activities. Students will also be encouraged to attend a summer training activity, such as the JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge, usually scheduled during June.


    For more information, contact Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Athanasakis or

    First Sergeant (Retired) Newton at (717) 334-6254 x2-6193

    or visit the US Army JROTC web site at www.usarmyjrotc.com

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