WHEREAS, the United States Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) was established in 1916 and has expanded into one of the world’s largest character development and citizenship programs for youth; and
WHEREAS, the mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens; and
WHEREAS, JROTC cadets learn the value of teamwork, citizenship, leadership, service to others, and personal responsibility. They are prepared to lead positive, productive, rewarding lives and challenge themselves to their highest potential; and
WHEREAS, cadets learn from dedicated retired military personnel who share their wealth of knowledge with these students; and
WHEREAS, JROTC succeeds with the help of local schools and by using a world-class 21st century, technology-driven, student-centered curriculum which includes citizenship, leadership, social and communication skills, physical fitness and wellness, geography, and civics; and
WHEREAS, as part of the annual recognition of JROTC cadets for their loyalty, academic excellence, and citizenship, the Governor’s JROTC award is given to one cadet from each of the participating high schools who has been selected by their instructors and commanders for special commendation; and
WHEREAS, we recognize the dedicated retired military personnel who share their experience and knowledge with these young men and women, and we commend all these students for their loyalty, academic excellence, dedication, community service, and sacrifice.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim April 2020 as:
Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Month
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the importance and value of JROTC in empowering young people to achieve their full potential to become dedicated leaders and good citizens.