Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps
How JROTC Came About
The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a Federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across the United States. The program was originally created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act. The first JROTC Battalion was Leavenworth High School in Leavenworth, Kansas in 1916. This was an Army program and is still operational.
Role and Purpose
According to Title 10, Section 2031 of the United States Code, the purpose of JROTC is “to instill in students in [United States] secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” Other things that the JROTC Program does is help by:
- Developing good citizenship and patriotism
- Developing self-reliance, leadership, and responsiveness to constituted authority.
- Improving the ability to communicate well both orally and in writing.
- Developing an appreciation of the importance of physical fitness.
- Increasing a respect for the role of the U.S. Armed Forces in support of national objectives.
- Developing a knowledge of team building skills and basic military skills.
- Taking 2 to 4 years of the course allows the cadets to instantly rank higher if they pursue a military career.
Master Sergeant Tim Gates
Degrees and Certifications:
Master Sergeant Tim Gates was born and reared in Parkersburg, WV. He served 20 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1981-2001. In 2002, he decided to pursue NJROTC as a 2nd career. He has taught at the following schools:
- Upson-Lee High School, Thomaston, GA (2002-2005)
- McDowell High School, Marion, NC (2005-2011)
- Shawnee Heights High School, Tecumseh, KS (2011-2012)
- Madisonville-North Hopkins High School, Madisonville, KY (2012-2017)
- Washington High School, Washington, MO (2017-2023)
- Madisonville-North Hopkins High School, Madisonville, KY (2023-xxxx)
MSgt Gates is married to the former Terri Sansom from Clanton, AL. Together, they have two sons, Tim, Jr. and Trey. They also have one grandson, Forrest.