A Junior ROTC program is growing and changing, providing new opportunities for students pursuing military careers and building skills for jobs in civilian life as well.

Soft SkillsLast year, the Burlington-Edison High School JROTC program was in jeopardy of being cut due to enrollment issues cited by the district.  Some parents called the decision unfair and hasty.

But now, there are new teachers, students and program offerings. The current number of students, 83, is up from 60 last year, but below the minimum number of 100 which the Navy requires. “I’ve asked the Navy for a little bit of leniency,” said senior instructor Chris Hunter.

New courses are attracting new students. “The Navy provides more curriculum than we can teach in a year,” said instructor Dan Boudreau.

In addition to the usual drill, marksmanship, and color guard, the program has added a Cyber Patriot team, which enables students to learn about cyber security.

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