Wednesday, December 9, 2009

JROTC: Good Idea or Bad?

Deolexrex sent me a link to an article a while back that we all need to think about. It seems the Army is developing a Middle School ROTC program.

Here's an excerpt from the Army Times article:

The Wichita school district in south-central Kansas is one of a few nationwide offering middle school programs based on the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps curriculum. Top Army officials are studying its programs to see if they could be a model for others nationwide.

The Army is collaborating with the National Association of School Boards to develop a so-called JROTC-plus program that would use the high school JROTC curriculum as a basis for a middle school program, Army JROTC director Col. John Vanderbleek said.

“We want to reach students at that age before they make decisions that put them at risk,” said Vanderbleek, who came to Wichita recently from Fort Monroe, Va., to see the Kansas program for himself.

I want to know what you Christian Martialists out there think about this. Good idea or bad?

Does this present the opportunity to raise up a generation of warriors, or is it one more step toward regimentation & centralized control of our children? Express your opinions, please.


Randall Gerard said...

JROTC is only a good idea IF:

- It is accompanied by extensive study of the Declaration, the U.S. Constitution, and the old CSA Constitution.

- It is drilled into the participants that their oath of military service (eventually) will be given to uphold the U.S. Constitution; not any particular commander, up to and including the POTUS.

- I would also make the anti-federalist papers required reading, along with Tocqueville's 'Democracy in America'.

The citizens of this country would have nothing to fear from future military officers schooled in this way. Which is exactly why it won't happen.

Stephen Boyd said...

I have a friend who did JROTC and according to him, it was pretty physically demanding, teamwork was emphasized, but it was pretty militarized. (i.e-pagans with Christians, political opinions were discouraged)

Based on his experience, and my gut feeling, I would have to say that it's "one more step toward regimentation & centralized control of our children"

The Warrior said...

Ooh, rough. I see it both ways. But, I'd have to agree for the most part with the Randall's and Stephen's ideas of what it should be, if that makes any sense. To encourage the soul of the warrior in young men is a must. The question remains, will this be the best way to do it?


Emil Bandy said...

Sorta reminds me of the 'Hitler Youth'....

But, I think that the primary reason I don't like it is not because of the idea in and of itself, but because of the ideology that our government holds to.