Tullahoma High School’s JROTC program received a high merit last week as THS was informed that it is now officially designated as a Naval Honor School.
“In recognition of exemplary performance during the previous 12 months, the Tullahoma High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corpers (MCJROTC) unit has been selected as a Naval Honor School in accordance with the reference,” wrote MCJROTC Program Director R.J. Oltman in a letter. “This distinction is bestowed upon your MCJROTC for the 2020-2021 school year. You and your unit are to be congratulated for attaining this distinction. It is through the superior efforts of units, such as yours, that the MCJROTC program’s goals are being achieved. The Marine Corps is proud of your achievements and we wish you continued success in all future MCJROTC program efforts.”
After completing the 2020-21 school year, Tullahoma Senior Marine Instructor Colonel Jeffery Jonson submitted his yearly required Unit Activity Report. That information was turned over to the Headquarters Marine Corps, Training and Education Command via the school’s Regional Director. Following the submission, the regional director looked at all information and sent his recommendations to the national level.
To be recognized as a Naval School, programs are evaluated on several criteria, including cadet citizenship and the percentage of cadets involved in student government organizations. Additional factors used for the determination includes the number of cadets active in school activities and clubs, number of community service hours for the unit as a whole and per cadet, number of organizations assisted by the unit in hosted activities or competitions and scholastic achievements, including the number of academic awards and scholarships earned by cadets. Marine Corps Junior ROTC units are also measured by their participation in public affairs events, drill team competitions, rifle team competitions, physical fitness, CyberPatriot and field trips.
Tullahoma cadets displayed an extreme amount of dedication and hard work to achieve this recent honor. Additionally, they also earned a “Full Mission Capable” score on their most recent Commanding and General’s Inspection, a top-to-bottom look of the program to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of students, instructors, program administration and activities.
“The work, effort and amount of time that these cadets and instructors put in to make the Tullahoma JROTC Program shine is incredible,” said THS Principal Jason Quick. “These cadets do so much for not only Tullahoma High School, but the community as well. A lot of what they do goes unseen and unnoticed by the public. This is an outstanding achievement, and I’m incredibly proud of these cadets and their instructors for this accomplishment.”
“What an unbelievable honor for our THS cadets, their instructors, the JROTC Program and our high school,” said TCS Director of Schools, Dr. Catherine Stephens. “I have enjoyed watching these students over the years and am amazed at their dedication to service, commitment to excellence and pride in all they do. I’m so very proud of everyone involved for this honor that will benefit students now and in the future.”
As a Naval Honor School, Tullahoma High School will now have the ability to nominate cadets to the military service academies with a “service-affiliated” nomination. Only JROTC members can be selected for this distinction, and those students will have an increased chance of acceptance to schools like the U.S. Military Academy and Naval Academy.
Photo: Tullahoma High School Principal Jason Quick speaks to JROTC Cadets on Wednesday after the program learned that THS is now a Naval Honor School.