The East Surry High School JROTC recently underwent its periodic JROTC Program for Accreditation (JPA) inspection and excelled, posting the highest score in the state this year.
The April 12 inspection consisted of an In-Ranks Inspection, Continuous Learning Project Brief, Service Learning Brief, Cadet and Instructor Portfolios, Color Guard Demonstration and a Unit Activity Report.
According to East Surry JROTC Instructor First Sergeant Ron Montgomery, the Cardinal Battalion was evaluated using new standards created by U.S. Army Cadet Command which had been revamped to provide an accreditation inspection in line with educational standards. The program exceeded the required standards, finishing with a score of 98.5 percent.
“This was the first time the program had received a JPA inspection since 2011,” noted Cadet Battalion Commander Samuel George, an East Surry senior. “We’d put a lot of work into this, starting the first week of school, and we were really excited when they told us we were first in the state.”
The East Surry program is part of U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Fourth Brigade, based in Fort Bragg. The Fourth Brigade includes programs from schools in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as Washington, D.C. According to George, Cardinal Battalion’s score was among the top for the entire Fourth Brigade region.
On April 16, the East Surry JROTC Raiders traveled to Magna Vista High School in Ridgeway, Virginia, for the Fourth Brigade Best of the Best Raider Championship. The East Surry squad posted a fifth place finish against a field of 21 teams. During the 2015-16 school year, the East Surry Raiders have won four championships and finished as runner-up in another competition.