MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
JROTC MINUTEMEN BATTALION
HONOR UNIT WITH DISTINCTION
The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or JROTC, is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. The mission statement is "To motivate young people to be better citizens." It prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens.
Drill Team: The Drill Team is for cadets who are DISCIPLINED, coordinated, excel in Drill and Ceremony, and learn at a quick pace. The Drill Team performs at the Homecoming football game, Battle of the Flowers and Cinco de Mayo Parades, and other special occasions. Practices are usually held Monday through Thursday after school.
Color Guard: The Color Guard of JROTC is the best of the best. It consists of a four person guard up to a six person guard. In order to be on Color Guard, you must also be a member of the drill team and maintain an A or B average in all classes. You must show discipline, and strict determination to be a member of the color guard. All members must be committed.
Physical Fitness Team: The JROTC Physical Fitness program has two factors the weigh-in and the Physical Fitness Test. The JROTC Physical Fitness Test is a three-event physical performance test used to assess endurance. It is a simple way to measure your physical strengths, abilities, and cardio-respiratory fitness. The intent of this test is to provide a baseline assessment. The test is to be taken at least twice a calendar year and each member must be able to meet the minimum standards to be eligible for awards and promotion. The three events are one minute of push-ups, one minute of sit-ups, and a timed 1-mile run. Your results from each event are assigned a score. To pass you must Score 150 points or higher with at least 50 points in each event. Your age, gender and the amount of repetitions or time elapsed for each event determines your score. Unlike other Jrotc endurance tests the fitness test is normally performed in normal workout gear and running shoes.
Military Ball Committee: The military ball is an event of the same caliber as prom. The military ball is held annually and there is a selected committee of organized, dedicated, motivated, and creative cadets. The cadets are responsible for entertainment, decor, catering, building arrangements, security, and fundraising. Fundraising is the most essential component of planning the ball, if you do not have a budget, there will not be a ball. The committee meets at least once a week; it will be indicated on the training schedule.
Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC): JCLC's sole purpose is to help build the leadership skills of Junior ROTC cadets. Cadets attend Junior Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC) over the summer at Camp Bullis here in San Antonio, Tx. Cadets are selected by their participation in a rigorous training program under the supervision of the JROTC instructor. Participants are chosen based on merit and commitment.