Feb 10, 2014
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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.





  1. San Francisco has been anti-military for decades. For a city steeped in military history with numerous military bases spread throughout their city and with a proud history of building and repairing naval vessels, it was a slap in the face several decades back when then Mayor Dianne Feinstein helped push the abolition of the City being involved with Fleet Week.

    Should it be any wonder that many of that city’s progressives would make it one of their life missions to prevent ROTC programs from being allowed in their schools?

    We have programs in our local schools that help prepare our students scholastically and athletically and we even have academies that push our students in the direction of careers in law, medicine, technology and many other fields. So why not allow our students to have the option of a career serving their country in the military? It’s an honorable filed of endeavor.

    ROTC programs help provide young people with the training that may enable them to secure scholarships at highly selective universities. These are scholarships that might not otherwise be available for these students.

    ROTC programs also instill discipline, comaraderie and teamwork into young people who se desperately need this because they don’t receive it at home, their school sports programs are disappearing and they no longer have the role models and mentors that helped so many of us when we were growing up.

    For those that want to disallow such programs thinking that this will stop wars, I wish it were that easy. If it meant stopping al Qaeda, if it meant that the genocidal killing throughout Africa would cease, if it meant that Pakistan and India would learn to get along—then by all means we should abolish ROTC programs in our high schools. If only…

    Don Gosney | Feb 12th, 2014

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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.