San Franciscans will vote on an advisory measure to keep JROTC as an option for students. Students, who are predominantly Asian-American, qualified the measure for the ballot, hoping to persuade the school board to reverse its decision to replace the program with a non-military option. (No alternative was developed, so the phase-out date was extended till next June.) From MSNBC:
Participants, called cadets, wear uniforms, study military history, practice marching and drilling and can win awards for things like marksmanship. Armed forces retirees serve as instructors, and cadets can get academic credit in fields such as physical education.
If the aim is recruitment, however, JROTC in San Francisco is a failure. Only two of the 1,465 cadets there signed up for the armed forces after graduation in 2006-2007, the latest year for which numbers are available.
Asian-American students tend to do well in high school and go on to college. I wonder if some went on ROTC scholarships.
Supporters view the elective course as valuable self-improvement â€” teaching them discipline, responsibility and leadership skills they say they do not get in other classes.
. . . Some gay and lesbian student groups have come out in support of JROTC and the ballot measure, saying some of their members have found a home in the program.