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

11/13 

- Awesome Raider Comp at Los Lunas. Guys tied for 3rd and the ladies finished 4th....outstanding for our first go. Extremely physically demanding and we couldn't be prouder of our male/female teams!

- Pretty strong turnout for the required (and graded) Veteran's Day parade Saturday. We earned the 1st place trophy.

- Last drill meet of 2018 is this Friday (shooting at 1330 at West Mesa HS) and Saturday for everything else (we start with PT at 1200 and finish with Armed Drill at 1530). I understand parents need to parent (got three myself) but pulling folks from events punishes the other team members also as do no shows. We have barely have enough people with pulses to fill our teams, so any loss hurts.

- Cadets are required do participate in two fundraisers (we have to pay for everything we do). We have had 12 shifts at balloon fiesta to do so but approximately 50 kids have not done any. The last two opportunities for the year are cleaning the UNM stadium after FB games on 11/24, showtime at 1530 at the northeast entrance and on 12/15, showtime 1630. Parents, siblings, and 3rd cousins twice removed are all welcome to help out and get us out of their quickly. These are graded events...show up and work...get a 100....called an elective for a reason!


10/24/18

- I was extremely pleased with our showing at last weekends drill meet. After some scoring errors, we ended up with our female color guard earning a 3rd place trophy (our first of the year). Marcus Trujillo went wild on the pull-up bars for a personal best of 29 which earned him a 3rd place individual medal. Our female PT team, which was one of only two schools to have all four ladies stay on the flex armed hang over a minute, just missed out on placing with a 4th place finish. The armed drill team also just missed out placing in the regulation phase with a 4th place finish as well. We are not far off from bringing home multiple trophies!

- The next, and last, drill meet before Christmas is the Duke City meet on 16 November (shooting only) at West Mesa HS with the rest of the events on Saturday, 17 November at Del Norte HS.

-This Saturday, 27 October, we are competing in the Raider Competition at Los Lunas. As this is so close, we do not drop $500 of fundraising money on transportation and 1SG Crites/myself are prohibited from transporting cadets in our own vehicles. We are asking folks to team up and convoy down together. About 1/3 of the 14 kids competing drive and hopefully parents can assist us with this and show up to support their cadet. We will have all the gear there and will be waiting for the cadets to show up in the football stadium parking no later than 0715 (comp starts at 0800). 


10/19/18

- Tonight's FB game is Military/First Responder Appreciation night. Entry is free to uniformed personnel and those with badges, IDs, or Veteran's Affair cards. These folks will be invited down to the field prior to the presentation of the colors by our Color Guard to help hold up a huge American flag. Veterans have been authorized to render the hand salute to the flag since 2008 FYI. 

- We are traveling up to Piedra Vista HS in Farmington on Saturday 19 October to compete in their drill meet via school bus. We are fielding male/female PT teams, female and male/mixed Color Guard teams, as well as armed and unarmed drill teams. Participating cadets need to be dropped no later than 0630 in front of the gym and we are rolling out at 0700 sharp. We estimate arriving back at the school around 7:00-8:00 pm. I will have the kids call you when we pass by the Zia Pueblo so you know we are 20 minutes out. We are continuing our tradition of stopping by Furr's cafeteria to let them eat after the meet, so please send them with some lunch and dinner money. Feel free to come out and support us!

- Next Saturday (27 Oct), we will be fielding male and female teams at the Raider competition at Los Lunas HS. This is a grueling military skills/physical endurance/cadet knowledge competition. As this is so close, we do not drop $500 of fundraising money on transportation and 1SG Crites/myself are prohibited from transporting cadets in our own vehicles. We are asking folks to team up and convoy down together. About 1/3 of the 14 kids competing drive and hopefully parents can assist us with this and show up to support their cadet. We will have all the gear there and will be waiting for the cadets to show up in the football stadium parking no later than 0715 (comp starts at 0800). Recommend a high carb meal the night before and a sensible breakfast. Other than the Bataan Death March we sometimes do, this is the most physically demanding event we do, so power gel, bananas, and other easily digestible snacks are a good idea to bring. Kids will be dirty so a towel to sit on for the ride home is a good idea.

- We worked 13 shifts parking cars at the Balloon Fiesta (our major fundraiser so we don't have to sell chocolate and the like). Working 2 fundraisers is a graded requirement worth 25% of their grade for this ELECTIVE course (this is briefed day 1 and at least 25 other times during the quarter and is front and center on the parent letter/syllabus signed by cadets/parents). While we met or exceeded the numbers for each shift, we signed up for (except for the last one), slightly over 50 cadets have not done any. We only have two guaranteed fundraisers left which are cleaning the UNM football stadium after their games on 24 November and 15 December. We nearly always are asked to provide parking control and perimeter security for the state cross country championships at Rio Rancho HS on 10 November but have not been contacted yet, so we are talking 16 chances to get 2 in. We receive no money from RRPS or the Army to fund our program's extracurricular activities. Fundraising pays for all of compeititions, transportation to drill meets and summer camp. It also has allowed us to pay down the cost of our military ball by 1/2 the last several years. We appreciate the parents that worked shifts with us at the balloon fiesta this year and welcome your help with these UNM stadium clean-ups that helps get us out of there quickly.

- We are required to march in a parade each year by the Army. We will be marching in the Rio Rancho Veteran's Day parade winding through the Star Center on Saturday 10 November. This is a graded event. Cadets unable to attend will be given an alternative writing assignment (Rubric and topic is hanging in the classroom)

- We have a super group of cadets this year, the female PT team, which is mostly freshman has particularly impressed us. If they stay together and stay motivated, they have the potential to win every comp if they put the work in.  Being on a team is how you get noticed and advance around here (out of sight/out of mind...sort of like advancing at work), so please encourage your cadet to get on one, it's not too late!



8/6/1


- Will send home parent letter (our rules/regulations for program), need it signed and returned for grade along with the privacy act statement. Copies are posted under "useful links".

- This is a military style program. Males can't wear ear rings/ear gauges in the classroom. No nose piercings on any one. Take them out before you enter put them back in (if you must) when you leave. 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 Fort Bliss in El Paso), and team participation (don't do anything/don't get anything...sort of like life).

- First practice will be announced. 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, Cyber Defense and academics.