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JROTC

Harford schools applied for first Army JROTC program in 2016, but process could take several years.  Susquehanna Chapter continues to work with the Harford County Board of Education on this project.

A former president of the Susquehanna Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America was instrumental in getting the Harford County Board of Education to pursue the JROTC program in Harford County Public Schools.  The project started back in 2014 and the Susquehanna Chapter continues to work with the Harford County Board of Education to ensure the successful resolution of placing a JROTC program at Joppatowne High. 

The members of the Harford County Board of Education voted unanimously in May 2016 in favor of submitting an application to the Army to get Harford County Public Schools' first Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, or JROTC, unit, although limited federal funding means it could take several years to get the program started.

The JROTC program is a cooperative effort between the Army and school systems across the country, as well as military bases overseas, in which retired officers and non-commissioned officers provide military-style training to high school students and teach them from a curriculum that includes subjects such as leadership, geography, civics, health and history.

School officials acknowledge it could take several years for the Army to review and approve Harford County's application, as the military has not set aside funding for new JROTC programs. There are 1,731 units in the U.S. and at overseas bases, according to board meeting documents.

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