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Career Center’s Army JROTC Program Earns Honor Unit of Distinction Award

JACKSON, Mich. – If you look at the Class A uniform regalia of the 156 cadets enrolled this year in the Jackson Area Career Center’s Army JROTC program, you will notice each one wears a gold star pinned just above the right pocket and under the unit pin.

The gold star represents membership in an Honor Unit of Distinction, which the program recently earned for the fourth consecutive year. The award was given by Secretary of the Army John W. Mc Hugh for exceptional performance in all areas of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

What does this mean to cadets? Because of the distinction, cadets can be proud to be part of one of the top five percent of the 1,850 Army JROTC programs throughout the United States.

It also allows Army JROTC Instructor LTC Curt Lapham to appoint five students to military academies. A distinction usually reserved for U.S. Senators and Congressmen.

“We are very proud of our program and our cadets,” said Lapham. “Although we have received this award for four years, it is not an automatic award. We must keep high standards to maintain this honor. On-site inspections take place each year by officers from Ft. Knox and MSU Army ROTC programs. The inspections consist of rating cadet performance in academics, patriotism, knowledge of civics, graduation success rates, and logistical functions.”

The instructors make it their mission to get to know the cadets to better serve and help them attain their future goals. Since the start of the program six years ago, 29 students have received full ride scholarships to college ROTC programs.  Last year, 93% of program completers joined the military or enrolled in college.

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