Authorization. The enactment of Public Law 88-647 and
codification in Title 10, U.S.C., Sec. 2031, dated 17 October 1968,
authorized the military service secretaries to commission Junior Reserve
Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) units at secondary schools that meet
established criteria. Accordingly, the
Secretary of the Navy authorized the Commandant of the Marine Corps to
establish Marine Corps JROTC (MCJROTC) units throughout the United States and
Purpose. The purpose of the MCJROTC program,
commonly referred to as “Junior ROTC”, is to instill a value of citizenship,
service to country, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. Any particular commitment to the military
is non-obligatory. The legal basis as
codified is implemented by the Department of Defense. The governing directive, 1205.13 “ROTC
Program for Secondary Educational Institutions”, is dated June 16, 1982.
of Defense funds and sponsors JROTC through the Secretaries of the Military
Departments. MCJROTC is funded and
sponsored through the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. Legally, the JROTC program offered in high
school must be no less than three years.
Each year of the program contains 180 of leadership education. The program may extend over four
years. Herefor High School meets these
requirements. Similar programs are conducted nationwide by the other three
Philosophy. Chartered in 1982 as approved by school
board of the Hereford Independent School District, the MHS MCJROTC Leadership
Department is one of over 250 Marine Corps units to offer leadership and
social science courses in an atmosphere of the military traditions and
customs of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The U.S. Marine
Corps is noted for its great esprit de corps, its determined pursuit of
excellence, its development of strong leaders, its will to be second to none,
and its belief that the exertion of maximum effort is what makes
champions. The MCJROTC department is
founded on these ideals and principles.
The Marine Corps sponsors this military program and under this program
cadets are authorized to wear the modified Marine Corps uniform.
philosophy of the department is to provide a wholesome, patriotic and
invigorating atmosphere in which cadets are inspired toward maximum
achievement. Cadets are developed
toward the ideal of the “whole person” by carefully correlated academic,
military and physical fitness programs.
The department provides training and education, which prepares a young
person for post-high school endeavors and responsible citizenship in a free
and competitive society.
military and extracurricular programs are considered of vital importance to
the development of a well-rounded personality, the ultimate goal of the
department is to pursue academic excellence in all disciplines taught at Hereford