The school shooting in FL has once again highlighted the role of the military in our lives and in our schools.  It’s time to stop the militarization of our children and end the JROTC program.  The Parkland high school JROTC program taught Nikolas Cruz to shoot an AR-15 and was funded by the NRA.  Our schools should be filled with trained educators, not a proving ground for military-style assault rifles.

Tell Senator McCain and Representative Thornberry to take the war machine out of our schools! The JROTC program must end immediately. The money should be directed back into classrooms that educate our children.


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  • commented 2018-04-18 09:03:43 -0400
    First of all, marksmanship in JROTC and Military has 3 different levels of performance: Sharpshooter, Marksman, Expert. Saying Cruz was an expert marksman is practically saying he is a good bad shooter. Also, the rifles shot in JROTC is supervised and are AIR COMPRESSED RIFLES that shoot METAL BBs only 10m. Not actual firearms are fired on school grounds that is ridiculous. Illegal too. Before beginning a practice, the marksman ship team is ALWAYS given the safety procedures and if the rules for the range safety are violated, the shooter who violated those rules will be removed. Last, the instructors for JROTC are RETIRED MILITARY personnel that are licensed teachers. The program is a LEADERSHIP program designed to instill discipline, achievement, dedication, motivation, selflessness, honor, courage, and commitment. Majority of our outside of school activities are COMMUNITY SERVICE. The programs are also funded by their respective military branch and the NRA is NOT included in its funding. Half of the instructors pay is brought by their respective branch and the other half is brought by the respective school. The programs use fundraisers to invest in themselves, the school does not invest much into these programs. If you would like to actually educate yourselves about the JROTC program, feel free to contact myself via email at thank you.
  • commented 2018-04-17 00:36:13 -0400
    I was a student enrolled throughout all 4 years of high school in the JROTC program. Not once, was I trained to fire a weapon, not once was I educated in military tactics and operational procedures. The program focuses on educating leadership, morals, and strengthening skills such as public speaking, science, and workmanship. To say that the program trains these students for “war” is an act of lunacy, a flat out lie, and quite ridiculous.
    In fact, the only rifle that I ever got my hands on in the JROTC program was a decommissioned (none-serviceable) de-activated rifle incapable of firing any ammunition cartridges, or the chambering of any ammunition whatsoever. The rifle had an 18 inch rod welded into the barrel to prevent it from ever being used again, and was only used for Honor Guard marches, and drill team functions.
    JROTC is not what you think it is, and it doesn’t prepare students for their futures in the military. Upon completion of 4 years, I did receive a certification of completion which allowed me to enter the service as an E-3 rather than an E-1, but in no way did my 4 years in JROTC prepare me for the transition into military life. That was procured on day-1 entering the military.
    For you to flat out lie that our schools are teaching students to “kill” is an insult to the highest degree, and I demand that this page be audited and taken down for it’s efforts to falsely interpret the work that our nation’s military has provided in keeping the nations None-Commissioned Officers and Senior Instructors the chance to educate and stand as mentor’s over our nation’s students.

    SSGT S. Eriksen
    Former US Army.
  • commented 2018-03-27 19:43:05 -0400
    What an idiotic bunch of drivel. Maybe next time try looking up some facts before you open your yaps.
  • commented 2018-03-21 11:45:38 -0400
    You’re ignorant. You’re all idiotically nitwits if u figure u should remove jrotc. Nobody needs some uneducated individuals walking against what they unmistakably know nothing about. Know your actualities about ROTC before making a move. This program shows respect and regard. Citizenship and honor. More schools require the JROTC program to teach and guide our age. In any event, have the decensy to show some regard for our fallen ROTC cadets. R. I. P.
  • commented 2018-03-20 16:12:57 -0400
    I’m a jrotc cadet. This not about recruiting kids for the military it is about teaching core leadership values. In the air force there are 3 Corp values that we live by. Integrity first, Service before self, & Excellence in all we do. Are motto is; “Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.” We can’t blame the weapon or the people who taught Nick Cruz. He has only brought shame to his unit and he will suffering for it. As for our teachers they were soldiers, but there not here to recruit us, they are here to teach us what it means to be a patriot and what it means to have honor. Two Jrotc students were killed at park view, naught by an AR 15 rifle, but by another human.


    Off we go into the wild blue yonder,
    Climbing high, into the sun,
    Here they come zooming to meet our thunder,
    At ’em boys, Give’er the gun! (Give’er the gun now!)
    Down we dive, spouting our flame from under,
    Off with one heckuva roar!
    We live in fame, or go down in flame,
    Hey! Nothing’ll stop the U.S. Air Force!
  • commented 2018-03-20 06:00:06 -0400
    Please stop spreading propaganda like this to our young people. Individuals of sufficient age and experience have no problem seeing that your organization supplies nothing but your own opinions about how to “make things better”. However, this slander you are spreading could have dire consequences to young impressionable Americans. The JROTC program in our schools teaches honor, integrity, and accountability, and in some cases, the JROTC instructors are the only adults that genuinely care about these young people and what they can become in the future. I took JROTC classes all four years of high school. Yes, we had a marksmanship program. Yes, I am an expert marksman trained by my high school JROTC program. But before I was allowed to touch one of the .22 caliber range rifles used in all JROTC programs, there was an extensive gun safety class. One infraction of the rules meant you were unable to pick up a rifle for the rest of your time in JROTC. However, I was also the Commander of the Regulation Drill Team, as well as Special Assistant to the Senior Army Instructor since my career path was in leadership and management. JROTC is more than just shooting and war. Being a member of JROTC had a huge impact on my life and is a big part of where I am now.

    JROTC also had a big impact on how I handled bulling in my school. I learned the resolve and wit to be able to handle bullies and stand up for anyone I observed being treated any way other than respectfully. By reading over your founders and staff section, I believe I can safely say you have no idea of what a young male goes through in his daily high school life. You may say you do but based on your staffs bio, none of you have ever lived it. Without the JROTC program, I would have been lost in high school.

    Based on the comments, it does not seem that you have much positive feedback on this action and I believe it is because you are thinking of how everything affects you and people like you. That is a very narrow minded approach and will only lead to more devastation. You are attacking a program that teaches our young Americans that it still means something to be called an American, a fact that based on your actions, you all have forgotten a long time ago.

    Please consider the potential consequences of your actions. You are attempting to take away a program that has great value to schools, communities, and students themselves.

    I do not agree with the actions you are taking and the stance you have on key political interests, however, I do respect all of your opinions and believe it is your right to have your voice heard. I learned that in JROTC.
  • commented 2018-03-19 07:41:49 -0400
    You all are the most ignorant people I have ever heard of. I was at work when this crap made headline news and the only way I can even think of why it made headline news is because it is so freaking stupid. JROTC is not militarising kids…. JROTC is a citizenship development course that teaches kids ethics, morals, and leadership traits. Yes we wear a uniform but that is to teach discipline. The JROTC program does not teach you to shoot an AR-15 we shoot air rifles and that’s only if you make the team and when you have made the team you go through hours and hours of safety courses so before you run your mouth and say JROTC is the reason this happened how about you guys do some research instead of pointing the finger at everything you can. Go be liberal somewhere else not here. You are not obligated to the military if you do JROTC but if you decide you want to do it it help you so much because you already have the discipline and leadership skills that they are looking for in young men and women. I’m in my fourth year of NJROTC and I’ll tell you that I won’t be where I am today without it. I have done community service and helped veterans and I have done 5K runs to help raise money for local charities. Just because we where a uniform doesn’t mean we are the military. If you ban JROTC you are taking away from the military that protects your right to be stupid.
  • commented 2018-03-18 12:04:33 -0400
    I tried to sign in via twitter, because I’m new to twitter and your “Nation Builder” system failed to log me in…I tried 3 or 4 times each ending up with a fail. I wouldn’t dare give you lefties access to my facebook page. I am a disabled combat veteran that grew up in NYC and never had access to a JROTC or else I would of joined. The military saved me from myself. I was a kid who dropped out of school in the 11th grade and thought I had it all figured out. I joined the Air Force and it turned my life around for the better! I started to think for the first time that I didn’t know much of anything and had a lot of growing up to do. I recieved my GED before going in and once in, a person that HATED school started to take a class here and there from the University of Maryland because my superiors that I looked up to really had a passion for school and it had an effect on me! I now am a college graduate and I have the military to thank. I served 21 years between the Air Force and Army and I would not change a thing. I am pround of my service to my country and it made me a better man.

    I want to thank BLANCHE DEVEROUX, because after reading her comment I decided to post my 2 cents. Thank you.

    Tansey, T. ,MSgt, Ret

    P.S.: I didn’t think that JROTC would shoot actual weapons, they DO NOT! The claim that JROTC “taught the shooter to shoot an AR-15” is so dishonest of you. At the most they used air rifles in the 3rd or 4th year. An air riffle is a far cry from “They are teaching kids to go to war!” Another point I wanted to make is you think everything can be solved peacefully with “flowers and treats”. What happens when peace talks fail? In your eyes is their ever a time for hostilities? Maybe as they are bombing us you would be ok to fighting back? If Iran/North Korea is allowed to develop a nuclear weapon it will mean ANYONE with the money will be able to place their order for a nuclear weapon. If that happens it will fall solely on the backs of people like you.
  • commented 2018-03-17 21:36:21 -0400
    They do not teach marksmanship. he learned it elsewhere. Get informed and get A clue!
  • commented 2018-03-17 21:30:40 -0400
    JROTC is a good organization for young people that are interested in joining the Armed Services after high school. This kid AND the community were failed by the social services, the school and law enforcement. PUT THE BLAME WHERE IT REALLY LAYS!!! Are you do as an organization is cause unnecessary trouble. I a a woman and my opinion of Codepink is that: Codeepink is a bunch of unhappy self serving women that need some serious counseling!
  • commented 2018-03-17 16:12:50 -0400
    I seriously can not believe the stupidity & asininity exposed in this obnoxious campaign to end JROTC. It’s a wonderful program as mentioned in earlier comments that gives young adult’s the opportunity to gain leadership traits, self respect & above all to love our country. Many will not go on to military careers, some may take one or two tours based on their experience, some will apply to our prestigious academies. Every year I present an honor award for the outstanding senior JROTC cadet. This cadet excels in academics, Grades, sports & leadership roles within the unit. I look out at the audience, the parents, friends, young cadets & I see proud parents & future leaders of this country. What do I see in the Pink Code? whiners, losers, pussies who don’t have the sense to get out of the rain.
    MSG, US Army®
  • commented 2018-03-17 13:31:57 -0400
    JROTC creates brave, responsible young men and women and if it weren’t for that program there could possibly be a lot more fatalities that came out of that shooting. It is because of cadets like Peter Wang and the other two cadets at that school that a lot of lives were saved that day. Please come up with a better reasoning behind this horrendous act since you clearly cannot accept that this was just the act of a sick individual who wanted nothing more than to lash out, take lives, and create chaos.
  • commented 2018-03-17 08:31:32 -0400
    You know who else was in the JROTC program at that same school? Peter Wang. You know, the boy who died by trying to SAVE teachers and students by holding the door open for them to escape the shooter. The majority of men in my family did jrotc/rotc and joined the military after, and not one of them have done anything violent to harm themselves or anyone around them. They offer scholarships and great opportunities for kids, and help kids be able to attend college and get an education. I’m all for woman power and standing up for a good cause, but this is ridiculous. I’m ashamed for you.
  • commented 2018-03-16 23:18:12 -0400
    Wow, you guys seriously need a better argument for your agenda. Even though I don’t agree with your beliefs, you could at least ATTEMPT to find something that is a plausible solution. JROTC? REALLY?
  • commented 2018-03-16 22:03:56 -0400
    I would also like to add that Marksmanship is NOT a requirement of being in the program. There are many different teams that the cadets can choose to be on such as the drill team, athletics, academics, etc. Not one cadet is forced to learn marksmanship. These teams compete and try their best to accomplish ranking high as a unit for the year. My son participated on almost all teams but drill was the most impressive. Perhaps you should watch a video of a drill team performing and watch the discipline they have and the teamwork they learn NOT BRAINWASHING. My son has always made his own decisions. Always! Again, before people start to comment and pass judgement perhaps you should do more research on what you will be commenting about.
  • commented 2018-03-16 21:54:49 -0400
    My son is in his last year of the NJROTC program. He was the Commanding Officer this year. He worked his tail off for his position. He is also enlisted in the Coast Guard already on delayed entry waiting to serve this country to protect and serve all of you and your families. I was very active in the program serving as the booster club president for four years and I watched this program change kids lives who have come from nothing!!! Did any of you even stop to think about what you are saying or doing before you protested this program? There are hundreds of school shootings and those kids probably never even touched a damn rifle until they started shooting! Stop trying to find blame somewhere else for the horrible things that are happening and just blame the person who did this horrible act. Don’t act like morons and blame this program that is putting young men and women out into the military to serve you, the ones now dumping on them.
  • commented 2018-03-16 21:16:51 -0400
    My son is in his last year of the NJROTC program. He was the Commanding Officer this year. He worked his tail off for his position. He is also enlisted in the Coast Guard already on delayed entry waiting to serve this country to protect and serve all of you and your families. I was very active in the program serving as the booster club president for four years and I watched this program change kids lives who have come from nothing!!! Did any of you even stop to think about what you are saying or doing before you protested this program? There are hundreds of school shootings and those kids probably never even touched a damn rifle until they started shooting! Stop trying to find blame somewhere else for the horrible things that are happening and just blame the person who did this horrible act. Don’t act like morons and blame this program that is putting young men and women out into the military to serve you, the ones now dumping on them.
  • commented 2018-03-16 19:55:41 -0400
    our planet was born of violence sense the beginning of time and no one will ever stop all violence no matter what they do, can kill someone with a pencil.cave man used a stick with a rock tied on it.a truck can run into a crowd and kill dozens.should we get rid of car,trucks,sticks and rocks.give me a break
  • commented 2018-03-16 19:44:31 -0400
    you are the dumbest sluts on the web.we need more programs like jrotc to teach kids do NOT throw out a whole barrel of apples because one is rotten,how stupid can you be.
  • commented 2018-03-16 18:19:00 -0400
    You’ve lost your minds. The JROTC program teaches a sense of respect, self worth, excellence and self discipline, not to mention a sense of belonging, the very qualities many lack today. Do your research before you try to remove a worthwhile program.
  • commented 2018-03-16 10:09:39 -0400
    People who comment about the military does/did so much for them and their families, should understand their ‘success’ is individual. The military, like many forces supposed to be bearers of public assistances, are daily exposed as not treating all recipients with the same degree, or type of Fair & Equal Treatment. Nothing is perfect, as some try to claim. Like schoolings, colleges, the JROTC is a brainwashing, teaching to submit entity. In essence, they could be considered Secret Societies—the highest echelons of society have what could be considered, Secret Sects. Notice, the wealthiest and most privileged of the USA, do not serve in active military capacities.
  • commented 2018-03-16 10:00:54 -0400
    You people are ridiculous. This will backfire on you. You’re clueless as to what the JROTC does. You preach tolerance and acceptance but only if it fits your agenda. Whomever led this effort should focus their energy elsewhere.
  • commented 2018-03-16 09:58:24 -0400
    I am sorry, but once again Code Pink is on the wrong side of history. I was in JROTC and it changed my life. I joined the Army after high school and spent 12 years in. I got an education and when I left the Army, I was hired as an Engineer at Microsoft. JROTC and the United States Army provided me with the tools I needed to become a success. I now own my own successful IT Managed Services company and I am convinced that none of the great things, that have happened to me, would have been possible without JROTC. Next year, my son starts high school and, without my intervention at all, he has already signed up for their Marine Corp JRTOC program. That is the other thing, code pink seems to not even be aware that their are other JROTC programs or EVERY branch of the Military. The fact that you only talk about Army JROTC, tells me that you are not very well educated on this subject. Of course, that should not surprise me as it seems that Code Pink is not very well educated on most subjects it fights against.
  • commented 2018-03-16 09:29:21 -0400
    I was in the U.S. Navy from 1987-1993, in Portsmouth, VA. I was tactically and discriminately ousted off of a mere Afrikan name reclamation/change. Charges were fabricated on me, and the Navy’s top officials took me through a gauntlet of intentional phases to get me to blow a gasket, giving them a reason to ‘rightfully’ discharge me—under “Dishonorable” conditions. I never exploded, or imploded (suicide), so they got desperate and gave me a Discharge under “Other Than Honorable” conditions. This all started from 1992 until 1993; which should make anyone see something was foul here. No Discharge, of any type, takes that long to prosecute. After a year of their ploys and games, I was given an Administrative Discharge Board, which they used as a crux to destroy my service to my country, career. (My writing skills intimidated, upset the officers and high-ranking enlisted personnel, I was told.) Please lookout for official documents I will send you. Is there a specific point-of-contact I should address my documents to?
  • commented 2018-03-16 08:27:09 -0400
    You aren’t teaching our young people, you’re indoctrinating them. It’s going to take better men and women than you to destroy America. Stop brainwashing and begin to teach again. KEEP the ROTC in place and encourage our young people to follow their dreams. MANY of them find that in the military and WE want them to be prepared. SUPPORT THE JROTC!!! AND SHAME on you!!!
  • commented 2018-03-16 08:24:51 -0400
    To Whom It May Concern,
    When you are done making pansies out of our young people, there will be no one left to protect our country. That is exactly what you people are asking for. You make us ashamed that you call yourselves AMERICANS! Take a few classes on weapons and learn about what you know nothing about. Meanwhile, stop indoctrinating and destroying our youth. You are a disgrace!
  • commented 2018-03-16 08:21:56 -0400
    This is fucking retarded. I teach my kids guns and I was trained by the u.s. army. Should my guns be taken from my home?? Maybe you need to re-read the damn Constitution. It’s MY right to have guns. It’s my children’s RIGHTS if they want to do the military thing. So please, go back to you safe space and continue raising your pussy ass kids so mine can eat them when their killed.
  • commented 2018-03-16 02:12:44 -0400
    JROTC isn’t making high school students into soldiers. I am also against gun violence, but I think we are misunderstanding what JROTC does.

    I’ve learned many different versions of where Nikolas Cruz learned shooting from. But not all JROTC programs have marksmanship programs.

    JROTC is a safe-haven and community of friends, most of which dream about joining the military and serving their country. Most don’t enlist, but those who do, it helps them solidify their dream and prepare them for their goals.

    JROTC isn’t breeding soldiers. I am no soldier. I don’t think I could last boot camp. JROTC programs are strictly extra curricular. My classes consisted of PT (PE) days, learning how to march, how to be leader (that’s literally the curriculum), wearing uniforms, learning a bit of military terminology and practices (chain of command, ranks of certain branches, mannerisms), and some of us who were high ranking were given the freedom to lead the class. Plan our own military balls, fundraisers, socials, club activities, community service, etc. We weren’t any different from other student leadership clubs like student council, interact/rotary, marching band, etc. We definitely weren’t soldiers.

    I can’t speak for all programs, and maybe there are instructors who have biases based on their military service. But they’re not monsters. And if they have biases, it’s not any different from the biases most teachers have as human beings. Teachers from religious backgrounds, veterans, parents, etc.

    If you still want regulation, then maybe disband the marksmanship program in particular, or look into how those programs are being taught. But not the program itself. JROTC helped craft some of the most forward thinking students I know, who went forward to be great leaders.

    Again, I’m also a liberal, who’s pro-gun control, anti-gun, etc. But please don’t take down a program that breeds great individuals, and an opportunity for our Veterans to get employment.
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