DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Lake Weir High School (JROTC)
10351 s.e. maricamp rd
OCALA, FL 34472
JROTC CLASS SYLLABUS
1. INSTRUCTORS: Sergeant Major (R) Michael J Kelsen
Sergeant First Class (R) Darin Rosales
2. COURSE AND TITLE: JROTC Leadership and Education Training (LET) Units 1-7
3. TEXTS: Textbooks and associated educational material will be provided to cadets at no cost.
4. COURSE SUMMARY: Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) offers a 4-year program with a varied curriculum offered throughout each year that will progressively challenge cadets. The following is a breakdown of the Leadership, Education, and Training (LET) levels:
a. LET 1: All freshmen and first-year cadets regardless of academic level. This is the introductory course for the JROTC Program. The course is divided into academics, leadership lab (drill and ceremony), physical training, uniform inspection and participation in JROTC events. The primary purpose of this instruction is to give students the basic skills they will need to motivate themselves and others to become better citizens. Leadership skills are emphasized in all instructional areas of the JROTC Program. Leadership Education and Training (LET) 1 teaches individual skills, followership, team work and citizenship.
b. LET 2: This is the second course for the JROTC Program. The course is divided into academics, leadership lab (drill and ceremony), physical training, uniform inspection and participation in JROTC events. The primary purpose of this instruction is to enhance students’ basic skills that they will need to motivate themselves and others to become better citizens and leaders. Leadership skills are emphasized in all instructional areas of the JROTC Program. Leadership Education and Training (LET) II enhances individual skills, followership, team work and citizenship while further developing and promoting leadership skills.
c. LET 3: JROTC cadets who have completed LET1 and LET 2. This is the third course for the JROTC Program. This course involves the student more as a leader, teacher and counselor within the battalion. The techniques of communications block of instruction teaches counseling and requires that each student present a block of instruction to their classmates. This includes a detail lesson plan. This entire course of instruction emphasizes the cadet as a problem solver and teacher.
d. LET 4 and above: Cadets who have completed LET 1, LET 2 and LET 3. These are the top level courses for the JROTC Program. Cadet will have the responsibilities of a leader, role model, mentor, teacher and counselor within the battalion. These are self-paced courses, and by virtue of the LET level, these cadets are Assistant JROTC Instructors. These students must be able to apply their previously acquired knowledge of techniques of communication, leadership skills and general military bearing to a level that they can adequately execute their duties and responsibilities as an assistant instructor. These students are afforded a unique opportunity to improve their leadership abilities/skills, mentoring skills, and problem solving capabilities through an in-depth study of leadership and citizenship. This entire course of instruction emphasizes the cadet’s ability to perform as a problem solver, counselor, teacher and most importantly, the ability to perform as a leader in all aspects of the program.
5. INSTRUCTIONAL APPROACH:
a. The JROTC program is cadet-centered and offers many instructional techniques designed to teach, challenge and develop leader and teamwork skills through academic and extracurricular activities. Classes are taught through a combination of lecture, hands-on/performance oriented tasks, group work, practical exercises, demonstrations and drill. The LET 3/4 cadets will often be required to teach classes, lead group work, and be responsible for organizing and leading extracurricular activities.
b. Cadets will participate in physical training (PT) one day each week on Thurs/Friday and will be evaluated for both their effort and accomplishments. Typical activities will include physical conditioning drills and team sports. More details will be provided about our PT program in class.
c. All cadets are required to wear their Army Service Uniform one day each week on Wednesday, and at other times as designated by the Army Instructors. Tuesday will also be designated as Leadership Lab (LL) day drill and ceremony will be the primary focus on this day with instructions coming from the JROTC Instructors and upper class cadets
6. EXPECTATIONS AND CLASSROOM RULES:
a. Each cadet will be issued a copy of their appropriate Leadership and Education Text and JROTC Cadet Reference booklet. Cadets are expected to become thoroughly familiar with the booklets. Cadets are also expected to adhere to all school and district policies. JROTC is about good citizenship whether on campus or in the community and cadets will be held to a higher standard than many of their peers.
b. Cadets should be prepared for class and follow the classroom rules. This includes having the proper tools (text, paper, pencil/pen, etc.) and standing in formation when the bell rings. Cadet Leaders must be prepared to enforce classroom rules as part of their duties
c. Motivation and effort is important to a cadet’s success in JROTC. Cadets may receive high grades in the class even if they don’t necessarily receive the highest grades on evaluated areas. There are many opportunities to step forward and “walk your talk.” The Army Instructors and cadet leaders are always looking for those cadets who are willing and able to take charge and get the job done.
d. Classroom participation is important and cadets are highly encouraged to become involved in JROTC teams and other extracurricular activities. Cadets who merely attend class – even those who consistently receive superior grades for their academic work – yet fail to participate in our extracurricular activities are not taking full advantage of what the JROTC program has to offer.
e. Cadets are expected to give their best effort in all their classes, not just JROTC. Cadets who fail to achieve and maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (“C” average) will not be allowed to hold leadership positions (and could possibly be demoted), and be removed as members of a JROTC team and will not participate in any JROTC extracurricular activities or fun trips.
f. Cadets should return all required forms with complete information to the Army Instructors on time. Cadets will not be allowed to participate in many activities or be issued a uniform until the required forms with parental/guardian signatures and other information are returned to the Army Instructors.
g. Although extracurricular and co-curricular activities are voluntary. ALL cadets are encouraged to make an effort to participate in battalion formations when conducted, the Annual Formal Inspection (conducted in the spring), parades and other significant activities. The Army Instructors understand that there are sometimes challenges associated with trying to participate in some JROTC activities (i.e. transportation, schedule conflicts, illnesses, etc.), but points will be awarded for participation, so cadets should make an effort to participate when possible.
h. There will be no eating or drinking in class (except water).
i. Cell phones and other electronic devices such as IPods will not be used in class.
j. Cadets will not enter the Supply Room without the permission of an Army Instructor.
k. Common courtesy to other cadets and the Army Instructors is always the order of the day, and the use of good common sense in behavior and conduct is expected.
a. The majority of academic work will be completed in class. However, homework will sometimes be assigned, especially when group work assignments or activity planning is involved. Failure to turn-in completed work on time will result in a point reduction.
b. A cadet’s academic success in JROTC is important to the Army Instructors. Feel free to contact an Instructor with questions or for a clarification of assigned work. Do this BEFORE an assignment is due because it will not be an acceptable excuse on the day that work is due!
c. Cadets missing an assignment or test because of an absence will have time to make-up the work or test. If missing assignment or test is not completed the cadet will forfeit the applicable academic points. It is your responsibility to learn what work you’ve missed and make it up within the prescribed time limits!
d. Be PREPARED and PARTICIPATE! Cadets should ask questions and be prepared to answer questions about the day’s work. Subjects, assignments, references and activities will be annotated on the Weekly Student Study Guide and the Semester Schedule of Events. Cadets should familiarize themselves with these documents, and ask questions if clarification is needed.
TESTING/GRADING: A test is given at the completion of each major block of instruction in addition or in conjunction with testing on general military knowledge i.e. chain of command, rank/grade, organizational structure, military time, phonetic alphabet, military customs and etc. Physical training is geared to the final physical exam appropriately named the Cadet Challenge. This event is designed to test student’s physical abilities in five (5) specific areas, Curl Ups, V-Stretch, Pull Ups, Shuttle Run, and a One Mile Run. Leadership Lab activities are tested by a written examination at Mid-Term, and a practical demonstration test at the end of the semester. LET III cadets will also be graded during the year on their ability to demonstrate that they can teach drill and ceremonies (D&C) as well as their general leadership abilities. LET IV cadets will also be graded during the year on their ability to demonstrate that they can teach drill and ceremonies (D&C) as well as their general leadership abilities. These cadets will administer and grade the required practical application test at the end of the semester for LET III and below cadets. Wear of the uniform is tested by inspections conducted once a week. Wearing of the uniform is a course requirement and any student that fails to comply will not receive a passing grade or credit for the JROTC course. Students will be counseled after the first and second time that they fail to wear their uniforms. Parent/Guardian will receive a call on the third time detailing how there student will not pass JROTC without wearing of the uniform. Participation grades are based on events open to all cadets, i.e. Parades, Battalion Formations, Military Ball, Annual Formal Inspections, etc.
The final grade for each six weeks will be determined using the following percentages:
Foundational Skills (Uniform Inspections)…35%
Behavior/Fitness (Physical Training)…………10%
A written comprehensive semester exam will be given to all students that are not exempted, and will test all instructions presented during the semester. The semester exam will count 25% of the student’s total grade.
9. CADET EXPECTATIONS:
1. Every Cadet is expected to create and maintain an individual portfolio
2. Every Cadet is expected to participate in Physical Training
3. Every Cadet is expected to wear the proper uniform on uniform days
4. Every Cadet is expected to participate in all mandatory events
5. Every Cadet is expected to give their best at all times
6. Every Cadet is expected to exercise a high degree of maturity at all times
10. REQUIRED SUPPLIES/EQUIPMENT:
1. Physical Fitness Uniform (T-Shirt / Shorts or Sweatpants)
2. Running Shoes
3. 3” Three Ring Binder with dividers for Portfolio (needed no later than week 2)
4. Pen or Pencil, Highlighters, Paper
11. MANDATORY EVENTS:
1. Cadet Challenge
2. Christmas Parade
3. Service Learning Event (one per semester)
4. Military Ball
NOTE: Cadets are expected to attend only the mandatory events in the semester they are enrolled in JROTC. However, if they are enrolled in both semesters they must attend all mandatory events.
NOTE: Each cadet will be issued a complete dress uniform within the first three weeks of the first day of school. They will sign for all items and will be accountable for maintaining and safeguarding the uniform items until they are turned-in at the end of the year. Cadets are liable for any and all uniform items that are lost, destroyed, or rendered unserviceable. The total value for these uniforms and accessories is approximately $450.00.
NOTE: JROTC’s planning period is between 0820-0910, this would be the best time to contact us. In addition, we will be available after school for parent teacher conference when needed 24 hour notification is preferred when a conference is desired.
12. INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFORMATION:
JROTC Office number: 352-671-4820
E-Mail addresses: SGM(R) Michael Kelsen michael.kelsen@@marion.k12.fl.us
SFC(R) Darin Rosales email@example.com