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The Cadet Grand Prairie High School Gopher Battalion February 2016 OT Meet Camp Wisdom 1/30/16 @ Duncanville, Texas 17th Annual Military Ball 2/5/16 @ GPHS Cafeteria


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OT Meet Camp Wisdom On January 31st we attended the OT meet at Camp Wisdom. Cadets went around to find points with maps and compass to finish the orienteering course.


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17th Annual Military Ball On February 5th we held our 17th Annual Military Ball in the GPHS Cafeteria. The Military Ball is a formal event and has been a tradition for the battalion for the last 17 years. We had many door prizes, King & Queen, dancing and the cadets had loads of fun.


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17th Annual Military Ball Continued


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Sergeants Corner SFC Rios: WE ARE ALL HERE FOR THE SAME THING: FOR YOUR STUDENT TO GRADUATE…. SFC Smith: Don’t let your scares stop you from being who you can become, it just let’s everyone know you have been through something.


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GPHS U.S. Army JROTC Directors Notes Citizenship, leadership, character and community service are the core tenets of high school Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps programs. The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard each operate their own versions of the program for high schoolers, which are offered at more than 4,000 U.S. high schools as an elective course. High schoolers and their parents should consider these aspects of junior ROTC before enrolling in a program. 1. There is no military obligation: Students who participate in junior ROTC are not required to join the military after high school, and the program is not a military preparation class. "That is not the mission of JROTC at all, the mission is to prepare children to be better citizens," says retired CW4 Thomas I. Knedler, director and senior Army instructor at Grand Prairie High School U.S. Army JROTC. But the programs do have a strong military influence. They are taught by retired military personnel and partially funded by the military. Course work includes military history and customs, and students are required to wear a uniform at least once a week. Students also partake in physical fitness training and drill instruction as well, among other activities. 2. The program emphasizes skills for life: In a junior ROTC class, students can build soft skills such as leadership, self-confidence and discipline – qualities that are necessary to thrive in any career. "I do everything from teach them how to tie a tie to iron a shirt, to marching and what it is to be an overall good citizen," says retired SFC Robert Rios, a junior ROTC instructor at Grand Prairie High School. 3. Junior ROTC can prepare students for post-high school success: Both SFC Rios and SFC Smith, the two Army junior ROTC instructors, say that they help their students navigate options for life after high school. SFC Rios says that he teaches his students about financial aid, financial planning and even how to fill out the FAFSA form.


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Reminders 3/4/2016 YLC Interviews @ GPHS SAC 4/2/2016 Mesquite Drill Meets @ Mesquite, Texas 4/9/2016 OT Meet Tyler State Park @ SFC Rios: Cadre Contact Info SFC Smith: 972-809-5885 Tyler, Texas 4/23/16 JROTC 5K Run 100th Anni. @ Irving, Texas 4/30/16 OT Meet Bob Woodruff Park @Plano, Texas 4/30/16 Cinco De Mayo @ Grand Prairie, Texas 972-809-5728 Chief Knedler: 972-809-5783 214-207-8028



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