Leadership, Education, and Training (LET 3)JROTC 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. Its focus is reflected in its mission statement, “To motivate young people to be better citizens.” It prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.
Unit 1: Citizenship in Action Basic Command and Staff PrinciplesAs commanders or staff officers in your cadet battalion, being prepared to meet the challenges of your position is a major responsibility. Upon completion of this lesson, you will have a better understanding of command and staff procedures and how they relate to your duties in your cadet battalion. This lesson will explain command and staff authority and responsibilities, the principles underlying delegation of authority, command and staff actions, staff organization and operations, and the sequence of actions in making and executing decisions.
Unit 2: Leadership Theory and Application Celebrating Differences - Culture and Individual Diversity
Synergy is when you and your team members cooperate together and create better results than if working alone. Each individual is unique — bringing ideas, values, beliefs and experiences to a team. In this learning plan you will take a look at how you and others’ performance in a team may be affected by the stereotyping and bias toward people. By developing an action plan to value cultural and individual diversity cannot only enhance the synergy of a team you’re on, but improve your leadership skills as well.
Developmental counseling is subordinate-centered communication that outlines actions necessary for subordinates to achieve individual and organizational goals and objectives. In this learning plan you will examine your role as a leader and explore the counseling process as a form of communicating to other cadets. Activities prepare you for self-assessment of your own leadership value, skills, attitudes and actions. You will design a developmental counseling plan that incorporates leadership qualities,counseling skills and the counseling process.
Negotiation is a way of life. You are involved in it every day, whether you negotiate with your parents on how late you can stay out or with your friends on which movie to see on Friday night. There are many important elements to the negotiating process. In this learning plan you will examine strategies for helping to achieve win/win solutions for a variety of situations.
Decision Making and Problem Solving
Successful leaders exert a great deal of effort to get positive results from subordinates. Just as communication is essential to leadership, so too are the abilities to solve problems, make plans and put plans and decisions into actions. In this learning plan you will examine problem solving processes and decision making models to use in a variety of personal and team situations.
In earlier classes and leadership labs you should have become familiar with stationary movements,basic steps, marching techniques, and squad drill. The introduction of platoon drill is designed to give you a better understanding of the discipline and coordination that is required of a large group to perform well in drill. Platoons execute certain drills in the same way that squads do. These drills include:Inclining Around, Resting, Changing intervals in lines, Dismissing, Marching to the flanks, Counting Off, and Marching in the opposite direction. In this learning plan you will compare squad drill with platoon drill. You will also learn and practice the commands and actions used in platoon drill.
Taking Charge - Knowing Your Responsibilities as a Leader
As you become more senior in ROTC, you will have the opportunity to take charge of a unit and face the difficult task of leading people. There are certain techniques and steps that will help you to adjust to your new assignment. Since first impressions are usually lasting ones, these steps will help you to make a better first impression. Regardless of the level of development of your followers, especially in drill,your actions and behavior must be consistent with appropriate leader behavior. In this lesson you will examine the steps recommended for taking charge of a unit and the responsibilities of team leaders,squad leaders, platoon sergeants, and platoon leaders. You will also create a plan of action for successfully taking charge of a unit.
Unit 3: Foundations for Success Becoming a Better Writer
Writing is one of the most important means of communication, so your writing must be simple, readable,and understandable. With a little practice and desire, writing is an art that anyone can master. In this learning plan, you will practice ways to organize your writing for specific purposes.
Creating Better Speeches
Have you ever presented a speech for an event other than a class assignment? How did you feel before,during, and after the speech? Throughout your life you will be asked to give speeches. These speeches may be formal presentations or just a few words at an informal occasion. Preparing and practicing your speech can lead to a positive speaking experience. In this learning plan, you will explore strategies to prepare speeches for specific purposes.
Becoming a Better Speaker
Have you ever been asked to speak in front of your class, at a family gathering, at a club group, or some other public function? If you have already experienced these situations, you know that being nervous can be the hardest hurdle to overcome. Although fear of speaking is common, one of the most admired qualities in others is their ability to speak in front of a group. In this learning plan, you will use strategies to reduce your nervousness and improve your speaking skills.
Anger is a natural human emotion experienced by everyone at some time or another. When an argument or disagreement turns violent, someone has allowed his or her anger to get out of control. Most people can think of situations where they did or said something in anger that they later regret.Learning to manage anger is an important part of growing into a responsible, successful adult. It is also a very important part of managing conflict to avoid tragic outcomes. In this learning plan you will apply strategies for managing anger.
Conflict Resolution and Diversity
While acts of bias such as stereotyping, jokes, labeling and biased comments may seem relatively harmless,they form the foundation for a “Pyramid of Hate” that ultimately can lead to prejudice, discrimination,violence and genocide. In this learning plan you will explore how acts of bias can lead to conflict and how confronting bias can help to avoid violence.
When two or more people are involved in a disagreement or conflict, it often can be helpful for someone outside of the conflict to help the opposing sides come to agreement on ways to solve the conflict without letting it escalate to violence. Conflict mediation is a process for helping people resolve their differences constructively. In this learning plan you will learn to apply mediation techniques to resolve conflict situations.
National Center for Education Statistics report that approximately 37% of high school students have been in a physical fight within the year and 18% of high school students have carried a weapon at least once within the past 30 days. These alarming statistics illustrate the fact that the instances of violence have become all too common in our schools. Safety has become a primary concern, in what is supposed to be a non-threatening learning environment.
Career Exploration Strategy
Developing a satisfying career requires careful planning and informed decisions. This is an exciting time for you, but it can also be overwhelming. You must spend time gathering information, comparing alternatives, and thinking about your personal preferences related to your career. In this learning plan you will examine careers that match your interests and abilities.
Career Development Portfolio
The better you prepare, the better your chances of achieving success and doing something that you enjoy. A career portfolio is a tool that helps you document evidence of your successes. The portfolio provides information about you and your achievements over time. It is a type of scrapbook that contains evidence of your accomplishments, your educational development, and your career growth.
Military Career Opportunities
The military is one of the largest employers of high school graduates in full-time positions. The U.S.armed forces hires over 365,000 enlisted and officer personnel each year. The military is one more career option to consider in your career planning. Serving in the armed forces allows you to contribute to your own advancement and to your country at the same time. In this learning plan you will explore military careers. You will match military opportunities to your career interests.
What are your plans after high school? Will you work, enlist in the military, or attend college? This lesson will help you prepare for college. In this learning plan you will explore different types of colleges,the admissions process, and ways to finance college. You will also outline a plan for education andtraining after high school.
Making the Right Choices
Decisions we make can shape our lives. Whether we make these decisions consciously or unconsciously,they represent how we respond to the opportunities, challenges, and uncertainties of life. How do you make decisions for your own life? In this learning plan you will reference and apply a five-step decision-making process to real life situations.
Goals and Goal Setting
Think of your goal as your destination. The most efficient way to get from one place to another is to identify the final destination and follow a map that will guide you in your journey. Goals give you direction and keep you focused on a purpose. If you go through life without goals, you will probably waste a lot of time and energy. Setting and achieving goals is one way to achieve a more fulfilling life. In this learning plan you will explore the meaning of goals for your own life and how to establish criteria to attain them.
Every day you are given a new gift — the gift of time. But how do you use this gift? When you take responsibility for how you spend your time, by planning your day and building a schedule to achieve your goals,you are practicing time management. This learning plan will help you examine how you spend your time and execute a time management plan that will allow you to successfully meet your goals.
Cadet Etiquette Guide
There will be many occasions in life that will encourage you to interact in a variety of social situations.By knowing the rules of proper etiquette, you will not only make a good impression, but you will also be more relaxed and confident in not-so-familiar situations. In this learning plan you will explore the proper social conduct and behavior for a variety of situations, including the Cadet Ball.
Financial Planning: Your Road Map
Many people find worries about money to be very stressful. However, with planning, you can reduce your money worries. Financial planning will help you have cash available to see a movie when you want to, buy new tires for your car, or some day buy furniture for your apartment. In this learning plan you will review your personal financial goals and create a plan to reach those goals.
What do you spend your money on? Do you take in more money than you spend, or do you find yourself needing to borrow money to make purchases? A budget is a useful way to help you identify where your money goes and figure out how to make the most of it. When you are in control of your spending,you are able to make your money work for you. In this learning plan you will create a personal budget that will match your financial goals.
Savings and Investments: Your Money at Work
You can earn money by working or receive money as gifts. Another way to earn money is to make your money work for you. You can earn interest on savings or receive earnings from smart investments. In this learning plan you will examine different ways to put your money to work by saving and investing.You will also consider saving and investing habits that will help you meet your financial goals.
Leadership Choices, Decisions, and Consequences
Leaders must be able to confidently decide on what action to take under the most critical conditions. If a leader delays or avoids making a decision, the result might be a lost opportunity, loss of confidence,confusion, and failure of a project. In this learning plan you will examine strategies to use when considering decisions as a leader. You will also analyze the impact of actions that involve decisions made at a leadership level.
Ethical Choices, Decisions, and Consequences
As a leader, you will be responsible for making decisions that affect others within and outside your organization. You will need to consider the consequences before deciding on a course of action. As you learned in an earlier lesson, leaders have three ethical responsibilities: 1) be a good role model; 2)develop followers in an ethical manner; 3) lead in such a way to avoid ethical dilemmas. In this lesson you will examine ethical dilemmas. You will form opinions about the decisions and consequences associated with ethical dilemmas.
Global Citizenship Choices, Decisions, and Consequences
Have you ever considered how your actions affect people outside your community? Your actions can have an impact on your family, friends, and neighborhood. The actions and choices made by you and other Americans can impact people outside your neighborhood and even outside the country. In this learning plan you will examine ways our choices can impact other nations.
Historical Timeline: Choices, Decisions, and Consequences
An important aspect in the study of an historical event is an analysis of the significant actions that took place. History is more than memorization of dates, events, and people. History influences the future.What happened yesterday affected events today; what happens today impacts life tomorrow. In this lesson you will assess how major leadership, ethical, and/or global decisions led to significant events in American history.
Orientation to Service Learning
John F. Kennedy reminded Americans to “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” Take a look around you. There are many problems and people in need. Service learning experiences can become the starting point for reaching out — doing something good for those around you and making the world a better place. In this learning plan you identify the components of service learning and begin planning how you can help make a difference in your community.
Plan and Train for Your Exploratory Project
There are several things to consider before undertaking service learning. Planning ahead will prepare you mentally and physically to undertake the challenge. Before you select your own service learning project, you will learn how to plan a service learning project by planning an exploratory service learning project. In this learning plan you will work with a team to plan an exploratory service learning project and demonstrate the steps to conducting a proper service learning experience.
Project Reflection and Integration
Now that you have an idea of what service learning is all about, what comes next? After the exploratory project, you will be able to determine and conduct appropriate service learning activities. In this learning plan you will evaluate the effectiveness of the exploratory project completed in Lesson 2, as well as consider new ideas for integration throughout the JROTC curriculum.