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Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Month

Effective Date: Thursday, March 1st, 2012

WHEREAS, the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, and personal responsibility, while also instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline; and

WHEREAS, in Alaska there are approximately 1,600 students enrolled in 13 Army, Air Force, and Navy JROTC programs, led by retired military personnel who share their wealth of knowledge with these students to improve their educational experience while helping prepare them for future success; and

WHEREAS, every year, JROTC cadets in Alaska receive awards that recognize their loyalty, academic excellence, and citizenship, among many other merits. A part of this proud tradition is the Governor’s JROTC award, given to one cadet from each participating high school who has been selected by his or her instructors and commanders in recognition of their outstanding performance; and

WHEREAS, the JROTC program has been instrumental in Alaska, encouraging our young people to stay in school while offering them the opportunity to develop their citizenship and leadership skills, fostering future leaders of our great state.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, do hereby proclaim March 2012 as:

Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Month

in Alaska, and encourage Alaskans to recognize the value and importance of JROTC in assisting young people to become successful leaders and active, service-oriented citizens.

Dated: February 28, 2012

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