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JROTC Interest Survey for Students in Grades 8-11

Lower Dauphin High School is considering the creation of a JROTC program for students in grades 9-12 which would begin at the start of the 2023-24 school year.  If authorized by the school board, Lower Dauphin would be the eighth local program in the area, joining Cedar Cliff, Red Land, Cumberland Valley, Wilson, Pine Grove, York and Gettysburg.

The program would eventually consist of four courses which build upon the previous year. The program’s mission is to motivate young people to be better citizens. Activities to develop leadership and management skills are stressed.

The program uses military skills to teach self-discipline, confidence and pride in communication skills, promotes and encourages citizenship through participation in community service projects and develops leadership potential. Students would be required to wear uniforms once a week.

Courses would be taught by a retired military officer and noncommissioned officer on campus at the high school.

The purpose and mission of the JROTC program is to teach students (cadets):

  • to appreciate the ethical values and principles that underlie good citizenship.
  • to develop leadership potential, while living and working cooperatively with others.
  • to be able to think logically and to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing.
  • to appreciate the importance of physical fitness in maintaining good health.
  • to understand the importance of high school graduation for a successful future, and learn about college and other advanced educational and employment opportunities.
  • to develop mental management abilities.
  • to become familiar with military history as it relates to America’s culture, and understand the history, purpose and structure of military services.
  • to develop the skills necessary to work effectively as a member of a team.

JROTC has identified five Quality Indicators used to measure the effectiveness of the program in high schools. These five Quality Indicators are attendance, graduation, discipline, drop-out rate and GPA. JROTC exceeds schools’ averages in each of these categories.

In the classroom

The LDHS JROTC program will eventually consist of  four elective courses :

Leadership Education Training  1 - students will learn the basics of JROTC and become acquainted with the variety of programs that JROTC provides.

Leadership Education Training  2 - cadets focus on Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid, Geography and Earth Science, Citizenship in American History and Government, and Mandatory Core Service Learning.

Leadership Education Training  3 - cadets learn much about United States History and great leaders and their leadership traits. They also participate in mandatory core service learning.

Leadership Education Training  4 - cadets will end JROTC by reviewing Citizenship in Action, Leadership Theory and Application, Foundations for Success, and Mandatory Core Service Learning.

Co-Curricular Activities:

Cadets may participate in co-curricular activities to demonstrate their attainment of lesson outcomes. Some of these activities include precision and exhibition military drill competitions; air rifle competitions (optional); Raider Challenge competitions; JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB); Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Camp; and a physical fitness competition known as JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC). 

Cadets who complete four  years of JROTC co-curricular activities and its curriculum will strengthen their readiness for college and/or career.

In order for the program to be successful, the high school will need a commitment of 100 students participating in JROTC courses by the third year of the program.

To that end, we are surveying students in grades 8-11 to assess interest in participating in the first Leadership Education and Training course next year.

Please discuss JROTC with your student to see if they would be interested in participating. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Todd Neuhard, assistant to the superintendent for secondary education at 717-566-5300 or via email at

We will be asking students in grades 8 to take an interest survey in their homeroom classes the week of December 19.

We will be asking students in grades 9-11 to take an interest survey in their social studies classes the week of December 19.

Below is a QR code link to the survey for your review: