Techniques Magazine Techniques Magazine May 2011 : Page 31

(Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps), which support approximately 3,500 units, nearly 8,000 instructors, and 500,000 cadets, successfully build better leaders for America. The formula for that success as simply stated as possible is (a) an organizational and individual mis-sion, vision and plan complete with an assessment, evaluation and recognition system; (b) an environment that fosters a sense of belonging coupled with tradition and the challenge to step up; (c) a 21st century curriculum that supports core subjects and teaches about leadership; (d) the opportunity for leadership through immersion—the structure of the program that provides graduated positions of leadership, opportunities for community service, a robust variety of extracurricular activities, and local, regional and national competitions; and (e) the example, exper-tise and dedication of its instructors— retired Officers and Non-commissioned Officers who want to give back. In ad -dition to all of the above, each service brings its own identity and unique opportunities. In all programs, new cadets immedi-ately understand that they must practice good followership, memorize a creed, participate in team-building activities, wear a common uniform, march in step, achieve academically and ascribe to common values. Mistakes are considered as learning tools, and failure is a part of the process. Positive school behavior, academic progress and attendance in school, coupled with the many JROTC leadership opportunities under the watch-ful eyes of their instructors foster leader-ship growth. Even first-year cadets report leadership development, which continues to grow throughout the program based program, with winners and “not yet winners” in the membership. Through that relationship and a place where they are safe to learn, practice and fail, they can become highly effec-tive leaders. Donna Rice, Ph.D., is Project Partnership for All Students’ Success (Project PASS) program manager, U.S. Army Accessions Command. Project PASS is a pilot leadership program supported by the U.S. Army, the National Association of State Boards of Education, and the U.S. Department of Education. Rice can be contacted at Maintaining the Magic The magic of JROTC is that when pro-vided with an environment for growth, students of all abilities and disabilities thrive together. They all benefit signifi -cantly from being a member of a Ma Y 2011 Techniques 31

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