Army JROTC



LTC Jess Capel:  Senior Army Instructor, LET 2/3 Instr.,  jess.capel@rrps.net                 
1SG Melvin Crites: Army Instructor, LET 1/4 Instr., melvin.crites@rrps.net

10/20 I would like to address name tags after getting some pleasant emails from a few parents. We start out the school with no budget from the Army. The fiscal year for the federal government starts 1 October. Around the start of August, higher level commands pull funding back from the their subordinate units and spend it themselves to ensure that all funds are used. As our Congress has approved a defense budget by the start of the fiscal year perhaps 3 times in the 27 years I have followed such things, we do not typically get any money till mid-October (or later). We have now received a very small amount of funding. However, 1SG Crites, being new, has to go through various training before he can order supplies. So bottom line: it will be a while before we can order uniforms and name tags and the limited funding provided under the Continuing Resolution Authority is not enough to get us right. We issued old name tags to new cadets who competed in the drill meet because you lose points and you are out of uniform without a name tag. We generally have some of the common Hispanic/Native American name tags left over, so they get lucky in some cases. We issued them out to other cadets so they see where proper placement goes. If you object to your cadet wearing wearing someone elses name tag, just have your cadet tell me and I will excuse them from uniform wear until the Army provides funding. As an alternative, we are offering the opportunity to purchase one for $3. 1SG is going to spend his own money to purchase name tags for all who need them...if they are telling us they don't want them, then we won't order them one. This will go out next week. Sorry for the confusion. I have asked the kids to explain why we are giving out old name tags but it apparently wasn't filtering back to you. 

10/17 We are not going to the drill meet this weekend due to lack of physicals. Has been harped on for months, don't have enough to field competitive teams. Will try again next month for Duke City. Grades will be in play next month as Q1 report cards come out next week. Must have above 2.0 GPA and no more than one F grade to compete (new requirement for activities this year).

10/16 Drill Meet at Piedra Vista HS in Farmington this Saturday is up in the air. The senior cadet put out a date to have physicals turned in (and I have hit it daily almost since school started) and we don't have enough on hand to form teams including several team commanders. We are being held to activity rules and must have physicals on hand...stay tuned. Schedule is posted under useful links.

10/12 Posted updated Balloon Fiesta Roster and the shifts under "useful links". Please make sure your guy/girls makes it..over 1/2 of budget comes from this.

10/9/17 Great turnout for Balloon Fiesta Fundraiser. There is no school Wednesday except for 10th graders who are taking the PSAT so we will not have our first uniform day until the 18th. The principal has given me the authority to collect physicals for the people on teams (since the other system was broke). Next drill meet is 10/21/17 in Farmington...I can't allow kids to compete without a physical on hand. Sorry but we are 9 weeks in now and I have to follow the rules.

10/5/17 1SG Crites is starting work tomorrow! We are working the balloon fiesta HARD the next two weekends. This weekend, we are working as ticket scanners for the Kiwanis Club on Sunday am (0300-0800) and pm (1400-2000). I will post who is scheduled (they volunteered) to work under useful links by the end of today. Pls ensure your cadet's word is his/her bond and they show. Transportation is on your own, carpooling is recommended. Plan on at least 30 minutes to get there. Directions for Sundays work is located here: http://www.kiwanisfiestawork.org/directions/

9/28/17 Early Bird Drill Meet this weekend at Valley HS in ABQ. Rifle team competes Friday at 4:00pm. All other teams will compete Saturday at the times indicated in "useful links" to the left. CSM Westover (our former Army Instructor) will be in charge while I have 5-6 kids working at the Balloon Fiesta (BF) grounds. We will be working BF hard the following two weekends as well as Friday, October 13 (day off from school). We are back operating under NM Athletics Association for competitions this year. This means kids that have under a 2.0 GPA or has more than one F on a quarter or semester report card can't compete until the next grading period (progress reports don't count).  First uniform day will be Wednesday, 11 October, some guys are needing haircuts badly. Chocolate sales are wrapping up. Some kids are saying their chocolates were stolen, they are still on the hook for the $60 worth of chocolate and will be placed on the fine list if not cleared.

9/22/17: Great news. We will competing next weekend even if physicals are not on hand. Pls continue to work them. I am working to require physicals for all cadets next year during the registration process which will eliminate (or at least reduce) the issues we have had this year. Matrix for the Early Bird Drill Meet is to the left under "useful links". Pls come out and support the cadets.


9/20/17

Next Monday (25 Sept) is the last day I will accept physicals for drill meet on 30 Sept. After many hard lessons of paying for drill meets that the kids later chickened out of, I won't pay for events we are not competing in and almost no new physical slips have come in, so we will go with what teams we have (if any) based on physical slips on hand by Monday.

We ran the coat check station at homecoming last Saturday and made over $600 for the program. Many thanks to the JROTC parents that ran it and thanks for my education on female, formal, footwear (lol)!

We are doing a chocolate sales fundraiser this and next week...pls support.


9/13/17

Have six parents volunteer to man the coat/shoes/purse check. Thank you! Please report by 7:30pm to the student store...dance goes from 8:00-11:00

Really need to get physicals in or we won't be competing in Early Bird. Ultimed in Enchanted Hills or Walgreens can give low cost walk-in physicals. The Early Bird Drill Meet schedule with our times is posted to the left under "useful links" Juice, water, fruit, pastry donations are always appreciated for drill meets.

9/11/17

 Homecoming week. We will have Color Guards for the coronation ceremony on Thursday, the Pep Rally and game on Friday. On Saturday, we will perform a sabre arch on mid-field for the court to walk under during their introductions. On Saturday, four of our young ladies will be competing in a biathlon (run/shoot) at La Cueva HS at 1100. Also, on Saturday, we will be running the shoes/purse/coat check station in the student store during the Homecoming Dance. The young ladies can't get their boogie on with their heels/purses, so they check them with us and we charge them $1/item and sell water as well. We usually clear $800-1,000 for the program. Asking for no more than 6 parents to man this station. Please email me or pass on via your kiddo if you can support. 

The calendar link to the left is updated through the end of 1st semester (but always being updated).

8/21/17

- JROTC is required to have physicals on file prior to competitions. Also required prior to practice but was able negotiate our deadline until 5 September. After that date, I can't allow cadets to practic/compete until I have the physical. Process is mostly automated this year. URL: https://cleveland.rrps.net/about_our_school/athletics

- Sent home parent letter (our rules/regulations for program), need it signed and returned for grade. Copy is posted under "useful links".

- This is a military style program. Males can't wear ear rings/ear gauges in the classroom. Uniforms are issued free of charge and are worn each Wednesday. Fridays are for PT (physical training). Keys to advancement: grades (above 2.0 MINIMUM), JCLC attendance (summer camp at Cloudcroft), and team participation (don't do anything/don't get anything...sort of like life).

- First practice is Tuesday 8/22/17. We practice daily except Fridays...usually finishing by 1630 (1530 on Wednesdays). We have kids that drive living in every neighborhood you live in that can give rides. I may not carry kids in my car per the Army. 

-Our teams include: air rifle, armed and unarmed drill, color guard, PT, and academics. 
We are good in PT and academics, rising in shooting, and hurting in the others. If any parents were skilled in JROTC drill during their HS days and can volunteer at those awkward times, we'd appreciate it especially anyone has a jazz, tap, cheerleading, dance, ballet ect background as we try to establish a (mostly) female, unarmed exhibition drill team. Strangely, I lack this background or rhythm.