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 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. JROTC instructors are retired Army officers and non-commissioned officers, vetted and trained by the US Army Cadet Command, and employed by 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, Sergeant First Class (Retired) Phillip Roberts, who teaches Level 2 cadets, and Colonel (Retired) Mark Strong (email@example.com), who teaches Levels 3 and 4. For more program information, please plan to attend one of our new cadet/parent orientation nights (see "Announcements' and the calendar for details).
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 with the Army Service Uniform (ASU) coat, pants, tie/necktab, shirt, 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, uniform shoes, and nametag, 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 laundered or machine-washed after every wearing to prevent permanent staining.
$100 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 frequent activity fundraisers. The activity fee funds the Military Ball, Awards Ceremony, Battalion apparel (hoodie or shirt) purchase, field/sports days, leadership labs, cook-outs, field trips, various team and battalion extracurricular events, remaining unfunded uniform accoutrements such as shoes (first pair only), nametags, ribbons, and other accoutrements. Students enrolled in the Colonial Forge High School Army JROTC Program are asked to provide $100 each year, or $75 apiece after the first year if two or more cadets are from the same household. We ask that all activity fees be submitted by 1 September. If parents/guardians have any questions or concerns about the activity fee or uniform items, please contact your son or daughter's individual JROTC instructor. Most issues can be worked out between parents and the cadet's instructor. Returning cadets are asked to make payment in cash or by personal check/money order to their instructor, made out to: "CFHS JROTC". New cadets may do the same, but may also pay on-line at: OSP CFHS. Online payments do incur a service charge, however.
College and Military Career Opportunity Night Thurs 8 Sep, 6 - 8 PM CFHS Auditorium. Open to all Forge Juniors and Seniors, come meet with counselors, college and business recruiters, military enlistment recruiters, military Service Academy recruiters, and get information about Senior ROTC scholarships.
The Eagle Battalion currently 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, and SGM Worthan coaches the Raiders, Drill and Color Guard teams. More information on each team can be found on this webpage, or by contacting the respective coaches directly. Additionally, a new "Robotics" team is in the works and we expect to start it up later this Fall.