OUR MISSION:

“Motivate young people to become better citizens.”

The United States Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps came into being with the passage of the National Defense Act of 1916. Under the provisions of the act, high schools have been authorized the loan of federal military equipment and the assignment of active-duty military personnel as instructors. In 1964, the Vitalization Act opened JROTC up to the other services and replaced most of the active-duty instructors with retirees who worked for, and were cost-shared by, the schools. Title 10 of the US Code declares that “…the purpose of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is to instill in students in the United States secondary educational institutions the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.”

The JROTC program has changed greatly over the years. Once looked upon primarily as a source of enlisted recruits and officer candidates, it became a citizenship program devoted to the moral, physical, and educational uplift of American youth. Although the program retained its military structure and the resultant ability to infuse in its student cadets a sense of discipline and order, it shed most of its early military content.
The study of ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, life skills, and other subjects designed to prepare young men and women to take their place in adult society, evolved as the core of the program. More recently, an improved student-centered curriculum focusing on character building and civic responsibility are being presented in every JROTC classroom.

JROTC is a continuing success story. from a modest beginning of 6 units in 1916, JROTC has expanded to 1645 schools today and every state in the nation and American schools overseas. Cadet enrollment has grown to 281,000 cadets with 4,000 professional instructors in the classrooms. compromised solely of active duty Army retirees, the JROTC instructors serve as mentors developing the outstanding young citizens of our countries.

With current budget constraints at all levels of county, state, and federal government and the looming budget cuts coming for JROTC programs across the country (receives the majority of its funding from the Department of Defense), we can always use a “boost” from parents and the local community to ensure that our (your) Cadets are well resourced to learn, grow and achieve on an equal footing with their peers. The Panther Battalion gratefully accepts assistance in the form of materials, services, volunteers, and monetary donations. If you are interested in supporting the Panther Battalion in any way, please click on the “Contact” tab above and contact the Battalion Instructor. Any support, no matter how small you may think it is, is gratefully appreciated by the Cadets and will directly contribute to their professional development and the quality of our (their) program.

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  • “There is always a light at the end of the tunnel.”

  • “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started”

  • “The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

  • “If you’re not where you think you should be at this particular place. It has nothing to do with the system, but it has everything to do with the fact that you’re not making the sacrifice.”

  • “Tough Times Don’t Last…Tough People Do!”

  • “Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion.”

  • “When you want to succeed as much as you want to breathe, that’s when you will be successful.”

  • “Your attitude determines your direction.”

  • “Every day may not be good, but there is something good in every day!”

I am an Army Junior ROTC Cadet.
I will always conduct myself to bring credit to my family, country, school, and the Corps of Cadets.
I am loyal and patriotic.
I am the future of the United States of America.
I do not lie, cheat or steal and will always be accountable for my actions and deeds.
I will always practice good citizenship and patriotism.
I will work hard to improve my mind and strengthen my body.
I will seek the mantle of leadership and stand prepared to uphold the Constitution and the American way of life.
May God grant me the strength to always live by this creed.

Color Guard

The Panther Battalion maintains an active color guard program with both a male and mixed team. Our Color Guard serves as the “face” of the Battalion through participation in school and community events such as sports events, national holiday celebrations, veterans ceremonies, and local parades. Success in the Color Guard program requires much discipline and precision but brings a strong feeling of pride to all who participate. All JROTC students are welcomed to be part of the Color Guard program and the team positions for competitions and community service events are rotated to enable every member of the Color Guard to participate. Cadets who meet the requirement may also earn distinctive awards including the Color Guard shoulder cord, ribbon, arc, and even a Varsity “W” letter!

Our Philosophy: “JROTC is a service to our nation.”

JROTC provides Cadets the motivation and skills to improve physical fitness; remain drug-free; think critically and creatively; communicate effectively; work as a team member; graduate from high school; pursue meaningful careers especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); and become successful citizens. JROTC works to instill in students in secondary educational institutions, the values of citizenship, service to the community and the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. It incorporates 21st Century learning, supportive of school-wide expectations for learning results promotes healthy lifestyles, develops leadership, strengthens positive self-motivation, and enhances global awareness to include providing a historical perspective of military service.

Raider Team

Materials/ Practice schedule

Uniform: ACU Pants, t-shirt, athletic shoes

Practice schedule: Tuesdays and Thursdays 1400-1600 (2-4 pm)

Materials: Water source (container), sunblock.

Raider challenge is a JROTC competition that tests skill, strength, stamina, and teamwork across a set of outdoor adventure tasks. The cadets perform as members of a team in five events which normally consist of:

(1) A physical fitness test comprised of push-ups and curl-ups in the given time frame
(2) A five-kilometer team run
(3) A cross country hill run called ‘The Gauntlet’
(4) A cross country rescue in which teams carry a dummy-laden litter over and under the obstacles
(5) And the building and crossing of a one-rope bridge across a water obstacle or similar structure.

Note: Alternate events may be implemented based on environmental conditions and the sponsoring commands authorization.

Teams may participate in brigade-sponsored Raider Challenge competitions and the National Raider Challenge Championship Competition. USACC is the sponsoring command for the National Raider Challenge Championship. Our Raider “season” normally runs from the beginning of the school year through December, depending on whether we qualify for regional or state championships. Raider competition is very physical and, of course, Raider training must be even more physical. In season, our Raiders will conduct intense physical training 2-4 days per week with technical skills training in between. The Raiders will also normally have practice sessions on Saturdays when other sports or program events do not conflict. Being a part of the Raider program is not for the faint-hearted and takes an extraordinary level of commitment, discipline, and physical courage. As challenging as the program may be, the rewards of being a member of this elite group far exceed the sacrifices made. The Raider program is open to all Cadets (male or female) who have a current school sports physical exam and who have no medical conditions that prevent participation. The program intends to encourage maximum participation and the Battalion will field as many teams as possible. Those who stick with the program for the entire season and compete can earn distinctive awards such as the Raiders Shoulder Cord, Arc, Ribbon as well as marksmanship qualification badges

Our Cadets : “Trained to Standard.”

Cadets in the Panther Battalion come from all grade levels at Westwood. We believe in setting and maintaining high standards for personal conduct, uniform wear, and the Cadet Creed above. In addition to basic skills such as drill and ceremony (marching), marksmanship, and intensive leadership training, Cadets also receive training in self-development, government, citizenship, geography, map reading, financial management, interpersonal skills, and communication. After the JROTC program, our Cadets are armed with the skills, capabilities, and values that will lead them to success in whatever career path they choose.

Drill Team

Military Drill is a team competition event that requires Cadets to think, move, and march as one. It requires a superior knowledge of stationary drill movements, marching drill commands, and the manual of arms. Successful teams must not only master these movements themselves but must be able to execute them precisely as a single unit. Brill competition teams can be either all-female, all-male, or a mix of both male and female Cadets. Drill units compete in squad and platoon level drill teams in both armed and unarmed categories. For those Cadets who have truly mastered armed drill, there are also the armed exhibition drill competitions where individual cadets, duos, squads, or platoons can create their own routine to demonstrate their proficiency. The Panther Battalion drill team is open to any Cadet in the battalion regardless of grade level or experience. Cadets can earn the distinctive red shoulder cord, drill arc, and numerous drill competition ribbons.

Rifle Team