The administration and staff at the Boonslick Technical Education Center is happy to announce the arrival of a program the district has spent years trying to start.

Beginning next semester the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program, designed to help ninth through 12th grade students prepare for life’s obstacles and gain life skills such as leadership and discipline, will be offered to area students.  

This class is unlike any other high school course. A variety of subjects covered include, personal finance, first-aid, military history, etiquette and survival skills.  Contrary to most people’s beliefs, JROTC is not a military recruiting program.

“Your students will never be coerced into joining the military unless this is something that they want to do.  JROTC is simply a place to find a sense of belonging.  Cadets are surrounded by good role models that can help others make right choices and live above peer pressure.  JROTC is a program that is for the cadets,” according to the Boonville R-1 School District.   “This is their program; all a cadet needs to do is be willing to do the right thing and become the best that they can be.  There are no costs associated with the program other than the cost to maintain and dry-clean the uniform that is issued to the student.  Everything else is provided free of charge by the U.S. Government. If this program sounds like it would be a good fit please communicate with your student, or students, and have them either contact myself, Mr. Cody Bashore, Director of the BTEC, or Ms. Jenni Naughton and Mrs. Lisa Pruitt, counselors at Boonville High School.  If you have any additional questions about the program please feel free to contact the BTEC office at 660-882-5306.”

The program was suppose to be implemented more than two years ago, but with budget cuts on the national level, the program had to wait.