DPS’ JROTC program accomplished a rare feat during a recent inspection by the U.S. Department of Defense, with all ten schools earning the Honor Unit With Distinction. The designation is Cadet Command’s highest award for JROTC units, requiring a minimum score of 95%. Only 60% of programs worldwide earn the award.
“Our programs all underwent an extremely intensive evaluations by officials from the U.S. Army,” said Lt Col Steve Osterholzer, Director of Army Instruction for Denver JROTC. “Called the Joint Program of Accreditation, the inspection scrutinizes units to ensure AdvancED accreditation standards are being met.”
Cadets and instructors alike were evaluated during the all-day inspections. Uniform inspections, drill evaluations and inspector qualifications were analyzed, as well as cadets demonstrating curriculum proficiency. Cadets also gave two briefings.
“The first briefing was on the Continuous Improvement Project, which required cadet leadership to identify a problem, develop courses of action to improve the problem, measure effectiveness, make adjustments and identify lessons learned,” said Osterholzer. “Secondly, they briefed a Service Learning Project. It’s similar to community service but require much more planning.”
Life skills learned from the inspection include public speaking, critical thinking, self-discipline and teamwork. “I’m extremely proud of our tremendous students and phenomenal instructors,” said Osterholzer. “This inspection, which they’ve spent more than a year in preparing for, clearly shows that DPS has some of the finest units in the worldwide JROTC program.”