What’s Right With Our Schools: Taylor County High School’s JROTC program promotes discipline
TAYLOR COUNTY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Many high schoolers look forward to going to college after graduation.
A program at Taylor County High School is giving students more options.
“It teaches me how to become a better person,” says Kiera Stinson.
Kiera Stinson is a junior at Taylor County High School. She’s a First Lieutenant in the JROTC program. She says it has instilled moral values within her and other students.
“It teaches you discipline in the mind. You got to be disciplined when you’re talking or whatever. Basically in every way,” Stinson adds.
JROTC Instructor, Command Sgt. Maj. Irving Bush says, “The program is actually designed to help cadets become better citizens and gain a better understanding of the soft skills that are required to help them progress in the real world.”
Many students say having controlled behavior in everything they do allows them to become better leaders.
“It’s given me a lot of confidence in myself and a lot of opportunities,” says First Sergeant John Walker.
The program also teaches students how to interact with others not only within the school, but within their community.
“A lot of the students, they don’t have vision or they don’t have a sense of direction what they want to do beyond high school. When they join the program, some of the guidance and the counsel we give them, helps steer them in the direction so that they can figure out or make a wise decision beyond high school,” Bush adds.
While being part of the program, students now know what they want to do after graduation.
“I’m planning on joining the military because I want to be a pilot but if I can’t be a pilot, because I wear glasses, I want to be jumping out of the planes and go airborne,” says First Sergeant Savannah Brown.
“My plan is go in the military, become a military police. Or, if I don’t get that, I’m going to go to Georgia Southern and major in graphic designing,” Michael Howard adds.
Sergeant Major Bush has been teaching JROTC for 11 years. The time he puts into the kids is rewarding to himself.
“When I see the successes and hear the success stories about cadets, that instills me and inspires me to continue to come back do this,” Bush explains.
Excellence, optimistic, and futuristic is how Sergeant Major Bush describes the program. It’s helping students stay focused on joining the military.
The program allows students to participate in community service projects which also improve their social skills.