Blue Devils Battalion
Winter Haven High School Army JROTC

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MISSION


"To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens".

The JROTC program is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self discipline. The program also provides cadets the opportunities to serve their high school and community through volunteering.


OBJECTIVES


Develop in each cadet:


    a. Ethical and fundamental values that underlie good citizenship such as respect, duty, loyalty, personal courage (physical and moral), integrity, self-less service and honor.


      b. An appreciation of the role of productive and participating citizens in matters ranging from local community service, to service learning projects to national defense.


     c. Physical and mental fitness as important components to overall good health.


     d. The motivation to graduate from high school; acquire knowledge about college and other advanced employment opportunities (including the military) and pursue a meaningful life.


HISTORY


     a. The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) originated as part of the National Defense Act in 1916 and was formed at Winter Haven High School in 1971.


     b. JROTC units are established by the State Board of Education with the approval of the County School Board and Principal of each school. A contract is signed between the Superintendent of Schools and the U.S. Army with each providing certain support for the conduct of the program.


     c. The WHHS Blue Devil Battalion is an Honor Unit with Distinction and has been every year starting with SY 1971-1972. This is the highest status a program can earn.


  

              BATTALION MOTTO

       I - Will always achieve!


       We - Will always succeed!

 

       You - Can do it indeed!


       I, We, You... GO BIG BLUE!

                   CADET CREED
I am an Army Junior JROTC cadet
I will always conduct myself to bring credit to my family, country, schools, and corps of cadets.
I am loyal and patriotic.
I am the future of the United States of America.
I do not lie, cheat, or steal and will always be accountable for my actions and deeds.
I will always practice good citizenship and patriotism.
I will work hard to improve my mind and strengthen my body.
I will seek the mantle of leadership and stand prepared to uphold the constitution and the American way of life.
May God grant me the strength to always live by this creed.