At High School in Queens, an R.O.T.C. Program’s Enduring Influence – NYTimes.com

In 1994, when retired First Sgt. Richard Gogarty arrived at Francis Lewis High School in Queens to start an Army Junior R.O.T.C. program, only two staff members, one of them a custodian, would talk to him. The sergeant sat by himself in the teachers’ cafeteria, hoping someone would say something, even if it was just “please pass the salt.”

via At High School in Queens, an R.O.T.C. Program’s Enduring Influence – NYTimes.com.

There’s a common misconception that JROTC programs exist solely to recruit impressionable young people into the services. In fact, it exists to teach character and citizenship to the students of America.

I and a  couple of the commenters here all participated in Navy JROTC in high school together. And while we did learn a lot of customs and courtesy, and marching and such, we also learned about leadership and responsibility- lessons that have stood us in good stead ever since.

4 thoughts on “At High School in Queens, an R.O.T.C. Program’s Enduring Influence – NYTimes.com”

  1. Gogarty is a fine man. I remember him back when he was still a recruiter before he retired.

    He really did work some miracles out there.

  2. Amazing how he was able to help a Spanish speaking student when the teacher could not.

    Amazing still the dedication he gives.

    But I find it a bit sad that one kid thinks being a pharmacist is a no-stress job. I’m not even going to bother with the “risk my life” kid.

  3. Excellent article. I love how in the last line, even the child of the school’s liberal union representative is subverted and wants to go in the USMC.

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