English 1A GRS81
January, 10th, 2013
Why Did I Join JROTC
Before I enrolled into the JROTC program I considered myself, and was considered to be just a normal student. Nothing was special about me, and I had just been a face in the crowd. Coming into Fort Hamilton I realized if I ever wanted to go anywhere in this world I’d have to first become a better person, JROTC had been the perfect place to go.
One of my main reasons for joining JROTC was fist to better myself as a person. JROTC main mission is to “motivate young people to become better citizens”. In the Cadet Creed it’s stated that us as cadets will “Work hard to improve my mind, and strengthen my body”. This is exactly what JROTC has helped me do, with our cadet challenge I’ve maxed out on both my pushups, and sit ups. Another reason for me joining JROTC was because I wanted to be a part of something way larger then myself where I could be given a chance to be in charge or a leader. In this program the cadets run everything from the being in charge of the Tiger Company to the side teams such as Drill Team and the Raider Team.
Secondly, another one of my main reasons for enrolling in JROTC was because I wanted to make my grandfather proud. He was in the Marines before I was born and always wanted me to pursue a career in the military. Also when I graduate collage I would like to enroll into the Marines and follow into his footsteps. Being in JROTC gives me four years of basic military knowledge that others may not know. This gives me an advantage and a greater chance of becoming a Marine.
In conclusion, JROTC has changed my life for the better. This program is training me to become a leader, and to work harder to go past my limits, and be the best I can ever be. Joining JROTC is the best decision I’ve ever made, and it continues to better me in every way possible.