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    509 W Palm St, Fitzgerald, GA 31750



    General Information:  


    CW3 Hope  

    SAI CW3 (RET) Troy C Hope    
    Email Address: troy.hope@benhillschools.org                                                                           

    Class Room Phone:  (229) 409-5500

    SFC Fletcher
    AI SFC (RET) Michael O Fletcher
    EmailAddress: michael.fletcher@benhillschools.org

    Class Room Phone:  (229) 409-5500

    Location: Fitzgerald High School. JROTC BLDG                Total Time: Semester 180

    Textbooks: Cadet Core Textbooks (Units 1-7) and Cadet Reference                                                   
    Equipment and Supplies
    Course Description: The entire JROTC Curriculum is automated and available to every cadet and instructor at the following website, known as the JROTC Portal (https://usarmyjrotc.com/). Core and Unit level classroom books are available both in-class and online on the JROTC Portal homepage and in each student's Schoology account. Instructors use various computer-based equipment to include interactive video and audio materials to supplement and conduct classroom instruction. Each classroom has a Classroom Performance System, and other interactive activities and programs are provided throughout the Program of Instruction to assist instructors in presenting both the core and advanced curriculum. The instructor's lesson plan also provides links to additional interactive programs and supplemental resources for optional courses. Marksmanship equipment includes Daisy Pellet Compressed Air Rifles and associated shooting equipment. Supplies include all military equipment, uniforms, and accouterments issued to cadets.

    Program Objectives and Mission:

    The JROTC program prepares Fitzgerald High School cadets for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program will provide a quality citizenship, character, and leadership development program which has the mission to "To motivate young people to be better citizens."

    Desired Learning Outcomes:

    ·         Maximize potential for success through learning and self-management

    ·         Develop leadership skills

    ·         Incorporate principles of mental and physical wellness into behaviors and decisions

    ·         Build effective relationships with peers, co-workers, and the community

    ·         Apply physical and political geography to building global awareness

    ·         Correlate the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to the purposes of the U.S. government

    ·         Relate events in U.S. history to choices and responsibilities Americans have today

    ·         Characterize the role of the military and other national service organizations in building a democracy and maintaining peace in a democratic society

    Program of Instruction:

    Unit 1: Foundations of Army JROTC and Getting Involved

    Unit 2: Leadership Theory and Application

    Unit 3: Foundations for Success

    Unit 4: Wellness, Fitness, and First-Aid

     Unit 5: Geography and Earth Science

    Unit 6:  Citizenship and American History

    Unit 7: Air Rifle Safety and Marksmanship

    Additional Subjects: Units 1 through total 140 of the annual 180 hours. The remaining 40 hours include administration/testing/inspections (in/out processing, uniform issue/turn-in, parade/briefing/demonstration rehearsals, inspections, award presentations, and promotion ceremonies).

    Grading SystemThe grading system within the JROTC Department conforms to the Darlington County standardized grading system. Important factors included in grades include the cadet's performance during inspections, drill practices, parades, and ceremonies. The cadet's overall demonstrated courtesy, discipline, and classroom etiquette in JROTC classes and throughout the school are also considered. Army JROTC is a Uniformed Program that requires all cadets' to wear the appropriate JROTC uniform weekly and be inspected for a grade. Proper wear of the uniform is necessary to be successful in the program. Evaluations are made of authorized haircuts/hairstyles, grooming/shaves, presence of all clothing items, brass polished, clean and press the of uniforms, proper placement of insignia, name tags, and wearing the authorized cadet awards and decorations.

                                                     Student Assessments Include:                                    

    Unit tests (written, oral & performance)               Weekly Uniform Inspection             
    Weekly Quizzes                                                     Individual Drill Performance
    Class Assignments                                                 Quarterly Cadet Challenge Homework/Worksheets                                          Leadership Assignments
    Conduct & Class Participation                               Extracurricular Participation

     Participation in extracurricular teams and community service is also considered in determining the cadet's final grade. Student grades and attendance may be viewed at any time through the Parent Portal. 

     Community Activities and Extracurricular Activities: Cadets are encouraged to participate in parades, community, and school events as members of the Corps of Cadets as requested by the city, school, and outside units and agencies. Extracurricular teams include Robotics, Rifle team, Drill team, Color guard, and Honor guard. Opportunities to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities are available throughout the school year.

    Extracurricular Clubs

    Honor Guard 

     *Highly motivated students that maintain high standards, appearance, conduct, attitude, and grades. * 


     Have at least a 3.0 GPA for all academic classes 

    1. Currently enrolled in JROTC 
    1. Have not received ISS for the semester 
    1. Recommended by one academic teacher 
    1. Recommended by SAI 
    1. If selected, show up to practice and do not miss more than three practices/events. 


    -Do what you are told to do, Honor Guard is flexible enough to do any task given for an event. 

    1. Ex.) Presenting Sabers for football players running onto the field. 
    1. Ex.) Handing out water to any sport player. 
    1. Ex.) Marching in downtown parades. 
    1. Ex.) Representing FHSCCA JROTC through community service. 

     Definition of Honor Guard-” A ceremonial unit, usually military in nature, and composed of volunteers who are carefully screened for their physical ability and dexterity.” 

    Drill Team & Competitive Colorguard

    The FHSCCA JROTC Drill Team is a marching unit that performs routines based on military drill. Cadets can perform either armed or unarmed drill during competitive drill competitions. The competitive Color Guard is an extracurricular Army JROTC team responsible for presenting the flag in a variety of settings. The members of the Color Guard practice drill and ceremonies, proper wearing of the uniform as well as the proper ways to show respect to our nation's flag. Competitive seasons are Dec-March. Members of the Drill and Color Guard team are signified by the shoulder cord they wear. 

    The Raider Team

    Raider Competitions or “Raider” as it is more commonly known as a very popular athletic competition held within JROTC Programs around the United States. Students MUST be currently enrolled in the JROTC class and have a valid athletic physical to compete. Rules/competitive events can vary depending on the hosting schools' facilities, but Raider Competitions are designed for a small group of physically fit and mentally tough cadets to compete in various outdoor activities. The competitive season is August - November. Members of the Raider team are signified by the shoulder cord they wear. 

    The Rifle Team

    The type of rifle marksmanship that is taught and practiced in the JROTC program is Three-Position Air Rifle Shooting. Common aspects of this type of marksmanship include:                                                                                          

    • Use of 4.5 mm (.177 cal.) air rifles
    • Targets placed at a distance of 10 meters
    • Most common air rifle used is the Crosman Challenger PCP air rifle (Model CH2009S)
    • These air rifles operate on either CO2 or compressed air
    • Air rifle competition standards are similar to those used during Olympic shooting events
    • Positions used are standing, prone, and kneeling



    • Easiest shooting position to learn and the most challenging to master
    • The position is challenging because it has a smaller base of support and the body is higher
    • Not as stable as the lower prone and kneeling positions
    • Slings may not be used in standing to stabilize the rifle
    • Most shooters find that it takes more practice to develop the ability to hold the rifle still in standing
    • Body position and head alignment are essential to achieving a stable standing position


    • Prone position has the lowest center of gravity
    • The steadiest of the three target positions
    • Prone has extra stability through the use of a sling in this position 
    • A highly trained rifle shooter is capable of holding a rifle steady in the prone position
    • Body position is essential to achieving a stable prone position


    • The shooter kneels to sit on the right foot that is supported by a kneeling roll.
    • The rifle is supported by the use of a sling and left arm that rests on the left leg
    • The kneeling position is similar to prone in that the sling is also used in this position
    • It is similar to standing because the body’s center of gravity is higher
    • Precise balance is essential to achieving a stable kneeling position


    Three-Position Air Rifle Shooting 

    • The most common event for JROTC and high school rifle teams is the 3x10 event
    • A 3x10 means shooters fire ten record shots in each of the three positions (prone, standing, and kneeling) 
    • Most popular and fastest-growing form of shooting sports competition
    • Two different Three-Position Air Rifle events are available
      • Precision Air Rifle - modeled after Olympic-style shooting using specialized target rifles and equipment.
      • Sporter Air Rifle - designed for new competitors or those who desire to compete with minimal equipment and expense 


    The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) actively promotes Three-Position Air Rifle shooting as a premier youth marksmanship competition by providing low-cost equipment and pellets as well as training curriculum materials and competition activities.

    Members of the Rifle team are signified by the shoulder cord they wear.   

    Saber Team

    Saber Team is an armed exhibition and regulation, saber team. They perform routines of marching and saber movements to exhibit the precision and excellence of the United States Army JROTC. The saber team spends many hours every week practicing routines to perfection. Members of the saber team are dedicated, hardworking, and determined to excel across the cadet corps and the community. Members of the saber team are signified by the shoulder cord they wear. 


    Make-Up Policy: Cadets are responsible for work missed when absent and must contact the instructor to make arrangements for completing the missed work within one week of the date of absence or upon their return to school. All JROTC instructors are available for make-up work after school, during prep periods, and at other times if necessary.  

    Classroom Discipline: The mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens. We believe the cornerstone of this effort is self-discipline. In JROTC, our cadets are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that will reflect great credit upon themselves, their families, Fitzgerald High School, and the community. The JROTC Program values include character, student achievement, fitness, leadership, teamwork, personal and social responsibility, selfless service to the community and others, and American heritage and history.

    Undisciplined cadets who are unwilling to conduct themselves properly will be encouraged to correct their deficiencies. The negative consequences of misbehavior in the classroom are following both school policy and the regulatory directions governing the Army JROTC program's conduct.

    Ethical behavior and performance in the program can result in the following positive actions:

    • Awards, decorations, and public recognition

    • Field trip participation and administrative duties requiring trust

    • Written or verbal commendations and positive calls to parents

    • Promotion or assignment to increasingly higher duty positions

    • Recommendation for advanced promotion upon entry to the Armed Forces, advanced    placement credit in the Senior ROTC College Program and recommendation 
      for the United States Military Academy or JROTC College Scholarship