Junior ROTC Students Speak

As war continues in Iraq, many high school students are training to be a part of our military. Even though many of these students are much too young to go off and fight the war with Iraq, it seems that recent events have only made them want to join the military even even more than before.

What does it take to become a member of the United States military? Honor. Discipline. Commitment. And perhaps a head start. For Junior ROTC high school students, the thought of becoming a part of the United States military is something beyond honorable.

"I feel the spirit of patriotism is alive and well here, and it's gotten us all to talk, even the protests have gotten us to talk about the First Amendment," Thomas Johnson, a JROTC teacher at Johnson High, told us.

Since so many of these Junior ROTC students have parents that are in the military, teachers are very careful about the details they give on the war on Iraq. And although many of them are aware that we have lost American troops over there, it hasn't kept them from wanting to serve their country.

"I support the soldiers, because I know they're fighting for us and their families and I support the President because in a situation like this, the President's doing what he has to do," freshman Levar White said.

Others, if given the chance, would go to war with Iraq now.

"If they had a little bus come up, I'd like to," said freshman Jared Bacon.

"I really didn't want it, but I'm like all for them now," said sophomore Krystina Johnson "I just hope they come back safely."

Even though many of these soon-to-be United States soldiers do fear the worst, the desire to become one of America's military forces has only grown stronger since they've finally seen some of our own in action. Several of the students we spoke with do plan on making a career out of the military, but many of them said they'd wait to go to college first.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com