In October 2017, two students submitted a request to form a student-led club for the purpose of connecting high school students interested in learning about the military. The two teachers who sponsor this student-led organization are Lauren Milner and Rene Rodriguez, both Veterans of the U.S. Army. We thank them for their service.
Meet this club from Dripping Springs High School.
About the JROTC Student-Led Military Club
The JROTC Student-led Military Club has about 20 members. They meet once a week before or after school. Before each session, the sponsoring teachers prepare a military-themed lesson such as fitness training sessions, drill and ceremony, land navigation, leadership, combat first aid, and so on.
Not only are the lessons valuable but also the club offers the students a chance to get together and receive support from each other, their teachers, and the community. They also explore whether or not the military is the right option for them after high school.
Besides learning about the military, other goals of the JROTC Student-Led Club include acquiring uniforms, providing Color Guard detail for varsity sports events, raising money for local Veterans in need, and having a visible presence at community events. In the last four years, the club has logged hundreds of hours serving local Veterans’ organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, Marine Corps Toys for Tots, and Honor Flight.
Working to Become an Official JROTC Program
One of the hopes of the current JROTC Club is that in the near future, as DSHS grows, there will be enough interest to justify establishing a formal JROTC program to benefit the students and the community. Until then, they will continue providing information, support, and networking opportunities for students who are interested in the military through our student-led and teacher-supported club.
If you know a Dripping Springs High School student who’d like to learn about the military, encourage them to check out this club.