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Instructor says JROTC builds character, leadership
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Personal development – not military recruitment – is the primary mission of Warren County High School’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program (JROTC), the local unit’s senior instructor told McMinnville Noon Rotary Club members.The program’s mission statement puts top priority on “motivating young people to be better citizens” and to “develop ethical values and good citizenship,” said Army retired Lt. Col. Bruce Gipson, who, along with 1st Sgt. Tim Howard, serves as mentor and teacher in the award-winning outfit.Not all students graduating from the JROTC program go into military service, but the personal values of respect, discipline, self-reliance, teamwork and perseverance help build the foundation for successful and fulfilling lives in any vocation, Gipson said. Nationwide studies show JROTC students have higher attendance and graduation rates, better GPAs and lower disciplinary incidence when compared to their high school peers, Gipson said.“Our cadets address us with ‘yes, sir’ and ‘no, sir,’” Gipson said. But in mutual respect, the instructors address the students similarly with “yes sir, no sir, yes ma’am, no ma’am.”