JROTC promotion ceremony

After 10 years of having JROTC off campus, Broken Arrow High School added the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corpse activity to campus. On Nov. 19 the JROTC unit was activated, a promotion ceremony was held for the one hundred cadets attending the ceremony. The student cadets were pinned the ranks Airman through Staff Sergeant depending how many years of experience they held in JROTC.

“It felt really important and great to be in the ceremony, it makes me feel really professional now that I have a rank to look at,” senior Alyssa Stephens said. “I love that we finally started the program even though it’s my senior year, but it’s great to at least be a part of it. I’m really looking forward to a higher rank at the next ceremony.”

Giving cadets the opportunity to be a part in an organization and become closer to one another is great according to the JROTC teachers. Students are motivated for the next chance to become a higher rank in JROTC, keeping a grade B and above with only 1 missed uniform day.

“I felt like I was a part of something greater than myself,” sophomore Dylan Huffman said. “It’s a great honor to be a part of the first year cadets at the high school.”

The ceremony had 2 parts, the activation ceremony was the first, with Superintendent Jarod Mendenhall officially activating the unit and JROTC became a official part of the program. The second part was the promotion ceremony. Students received their first rank and agreed to accept the responsibilities that come with their ranks.

“I am thankful for the support we received to allow us to have the promotion ceremony,” JROTC teacher Lt. Col. Gagajewski said. “The entire point of the ceremony is the recognition and accomplishments of the students and to demonstrate what drill they have learned so far. It really gets parents involved and lets them see how the cadets are doing.”

Promotion ceremonies are once a year and every year the students receive one rank higher than their last, allowing cadets to practice the drills they have learned over the year.