De Anza High applying for JROTC program

Funding approved for De Anza High School JROTC program.

De Anza High School might soon have a Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program.

The school has reportedly begun the application process to include the Air Force JROTC program as an option for students.

The topic is scheduled to be discussed at Wednesday’s West Contra Costa Unified School District board of education meeting. A presentation will be made by school officials on the program, but no action is expected to be taken by the board.

De Anza officials believe JROTC will “engage more students and improve learning.”

“The purpose of Junior ROTC is to instill in students in secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment,” according to a document previewing Wednesday’s board agenda item.

JROTC has faced controversy in the Bay Area in recent years, as opponents say the program recruits youths into the armed forces.  The San Francisco Unified School District board of education voted to ban the program in 2006, but the program still exists in the district.