Annual Military Inspection 2022
Updated: Sep 29, 2022
David Crockett High School NJROTC completed their Annual Military Inspection on September 22, 2022. The Inspection Phase started at 0800. With all 75 cadets being inspected by the Area 9 Manager, CDR Merv D. Dial. CDR Dial is from Paola Kansas and is a graduate of Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. CDR Dial was commissioned in March of 1986 via Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, he holds a Master of Science in Management from Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island.
Following the Inspection Phase of the DCHS NJROTC AMI, the Cadet Staff presented a PowerPoint staff briefing for CDR Dial, explaining accomplishments and future goals of our unit.. After the briefing cadets demonstrated Armed Drill, Armed Exhibition Drill, and Color Guard, as well as marching ability. Crockett’s NJROTC Company was led by the Cadet Commanding Officer, Caleb Corso; Cadet Executive Officer, Hope Krell; Cadet Command Master Chief Ty Slagle; and the Cadet Operations Officer, Kerri Quinn.
The 1st Platoon was under the command of Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Isaiah Ley and Cadet Senior Chief Gabriel Montgomery. The 2nd Platoon was under the command of Cadet Ensign Brandon Ward and Cadet Chief Petty Officer Robert Adkins, followed by the Color Guard commanded by Cadet Ensign Trenton Roberts. The 3rd Platoon was commanded by Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Jedidiah Beals and Cadet Chief Petty Officer Landon Sherfey.
During the awards part of the program Cadet Caleb Corso was promoted to Commander, Cadet Hope Krell was promoted to Lieutenant Commander, and Ezekiel West was promoted to Petty Officer Second Class. Cadets Blake Harris, Caleb Murdock, Levi Stephens, Shaylynn Adkins, Dagen Carver, Asher Kehn, Blake Lengele, Cheyenne Ramsey, Otto Ukele, and Tristan Hensley were awarded medals for being “Outstanding” for the AMI personnel inspection. After the drill and formal Pass-In-Review was complete, the Cadet Staff had a lunch prepared by the DCHS Booster Club.
The Washington County Department of Education and the United States Navy work together to provide and fund the DCHS NJROTC program. Since the major expansion of the 1990’s, the JROTC program nationwide has continued to grow. “It is estimated that in 2011 the program enrolled approximately 525,000 students and was active in 3,400 schools across America” (CWO2 Clyde Shumate). Of the very few programs to provide a complete youth development program, NJROTC is one that Washington County offers.
JROTC provides many tools to effectively create leaders, including but not limited to the cognitive and non-cognitive skills needed to succeed in an academic school environment.“Academic leadership programs are a growing occurrence in educational institutions throughout the nation. The program emphasizes group leadership and develops individual leadership potential through a wide range of opportunities to test themselves in leadership roles from leading a drill team to performing a staff job. JROTC promotes high school competition and teaches students the value of their education” (Shumate 2011).
“Schools across the nation have shaped their curriculum with an emphasis on character education to prepare their students to function as responsible citizens. The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Program promotes patriotism, a love of country, respect for the flag, and pride in the American way of life” (Shumate, 2011).
“NJROTC teaches leadership qualities that are personified by the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Honor means that cadets are accountable for their professional and personal behavior and should remain mindful of the privilege given them to serve. The program instills Courage in cadets, which gives them the moral and mental strength to do what is right, no matter what they may come across. Commitment is the day to day duty of every cadet in the NJROTC program to join together as a team to improve the quality of their unit, their fellow classmates, and themselves” (Shumate, 2011).
C/LTJG Ilyssa Marshall, PAO
Reference: General Education Teachers’ and JROTC Instructors’ Perceptions Regarding the Efficacy of the JROTC Program (Clyde H. Shumate, 2011).