Description of JROTC
Program Information: Welcome to the Colonial Forge High School (CFHS) Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Eagle Battalion! The JROTC Program of Instruction focuses on the development of better citizens by building skills in leadership, citizenship, life success, geography, and wellness in a structured, interactive environment. The Army JROTC program is a cooperative effort by the US Department of Defense (DoD), the US Department of Education, US Army Cadet Command and host institutions to provide secondary school students opportunities for total development. The Colonial Forge High School "Eagle Battalion" was established in the Summer of 2005.
The Army JROTC program produces successful students and productive adults while fostering a constructive, disciplined learning environment. The program is the centerpiece of the DoD’s commitment to America’s Promise for Youth through its emphasis on service learning, community service and teen anti-drug efforts. Mastery of these concepts is accomplished through classroom and hands-on instruction, placement of cadets in leadership positions, and participation in Integrated Teams. Satisfactory completion of the program may lead to advanced placement credit in Senior ROTC Programs (Collegiate level) or advanced rank in the Armed Forces.
JROTC classes are electives, designed for progressive challenge and complexity. Students must satisfactorily complete all course requirements at each level prior to progression to the next level. Students must be actively enrolled in a JROTC class in order to participate in JROTC extra-curricular teams and events. CFHS JROTC instructors are retired Army officers and non-commissioned officers, vetted and trained by the US Army Cadet Command, and under the employment of Stafford County Public Schools. Instructors, who are licensed under the Virginia Department of Education, teach all JROTC classes and coach/supervise the extra-curricular teams and activities. The JROTC instructors at Colonial Forge are Sergeant Major (Retired) Lee Worthan (firstname.lastname@example.org), who teaches all Level 1 cadets, Chief Warrant 3 (Retired) Robert Dorr (email@example.com), who teaches Level 2 cadets, and Colonel (Retired) Mark Strong (firstname.lastname@example.org), who teaches Levels 3 and 4.
Uniform Requirement: All cadets are required to wear the issued uniform one complete school day per week, per Army Cadet Command regulations, and to conform to published grooming and appearance standards. The US Army Cadet Command provides our cadets the Army Service Uniform (ASU) coat, pants, tie/necktab, shirt, shoes, some of the uniform accoutrements, and initial cleaning and alterations. Individual cadets are only asked to pay for/provide those items which are unique to them and which they will need to/wish to keep, such as white T-shirts, black socks, shoes, etc., and subsequent uniform alterations should they be required. Cadets are responsible for ongoing uniform cleaning and routine care. ASU pants and coats are to be dry-cleaned only. Shirts should be washed after every wearing.
Activity Fee: Expenses for activities outside the standard classroom curriculum are funded through an annual activity fee, payable once at the beginning of each year. The Activity Fee conforms to all Stafford County Public Schools regulatory requirements, and was instituted at the request of parents in lieu of activity fundraisers. The activity fee funds the Military Ball, Awards Ceremony, Battalion apparel (Hoodie/T-shirt) purchase, the Battalion Olympics, leadership labs, cook-outs, field trips, various team and battalion extracurricular events, remaining unfunded uniform accoutrements such as nametags, etc. Students enrolled in the Colonial Forge High School Army JROTC Program are asked to provide $100 each year, or $75 apiece if two or more cadets are from the same household. We ask that all activity fees be sent in by the end of September. If parents/guardians have any questions or concerns about the activity fee or uniform items, please contact your son or daughter's JROTC instructor. Most issues can be worked out between parents and their child's instructor. Payment may be made in cash or by personal check or money order made out to: "CFHS Army JROTC".
Adopt-a-Family 27 Nov - 8 Dec: This is the only fundraiser we sponsor! Adopt-a-Family supports a needy family right here in the North Stafford area. We will start collecting on the 27th of November, and wrap up by the second week in December. How can you help? Simple! Just bring in whatever spare change you can part with. If we each bring in just a couple of bucks, we’ll make a huge difference for a family at what should be a wonderful time of year.
Promotion Board 29-30 November: Conducted after school at The Forge, all LET 3s and 4s who meet the eligibility requirements (consistent uniform wear, acceptable grades, and no suspensions during 1st quarter). Next board: February.
Gift Wrapping Party/Community Service at "The Crossings" 13 Dec: After school event to assist the elderly residents with present wrapping (and maybe just to socialize too?). All are invited, but must have transportation (no bus). Exact time and details to be announced.
Iron Eagle Challenge 16 Dec: More to follow. Hosted by the Eagle Battalion at Colonial Forge.
The Eagle Battalion sponsors four teams: Drill, Raiders, Color Guard, and JLAB (JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl). Teams are open to all enrolled cadets unless otherwise noted. Teams meet after school, with various events and competitions throughout the year. COL Strong coaches the JLAB team, CW3 Dorr coaches the Drill Team, and SGM Worthan coaches the Raiders and Color Guard teams. More information on each team can be found on this webpage, or by contacting the respective coaches directly.