Every few years, JROTC units nationwide undergo a rigorous evaluation known as the JROTC Program of Accreditation (JPA). This evaluation, mandated by the U.S. Army Cadet Command, serves as a benchmark for assessing the program’s adherence to standards and its overall effectiveness.

Recently, on March 7th, the Panther Battalion embarked on this pivotal journey. Students were tasked with showcasing their Continuous Improvement Program, highlighting their Service Learning Project, presenting their achievements through Cadet Portfolios, and demonstrating precision and unity through marching as a cohesive unit and Color Guard team.

In the face of this challenge, the Panther team rose to the occasion, exceeding expectations and reinforcing their status as an Honor Unit with Distinction. This prestigious designation, symbolized by the coveted Gold Star on their JROTC Uniforms, speaks volumes about their commitment to excellence.

Reflecting on their remarkable achievement, Col. Eric Keys expressed profound pride in the cadets’ unwavering dedication and collaborative spirit:

“I am very proud of our Cadets. Their hard-work, dedication and teamwork paid off with a highly successful showing. They set high standards for themselves and excelled at accomplishing their goals. ‘Hats Off to the Panther Battalion!’ Way to make us proud.”

While awaiting the official results, Mr. Burton, the 6th JROTC representative during the JPA, conveyed his heartfelt congratulations to the Panther Battalion, affirming their continued possession of the Gold star and their esteemed status as an Honor Unit with Distinction.

The Panther Battalion’s triumph serves as a testament to their indomitable spirit, unwavering dedication, and unwavering pursuit of excellence. Their success in the JROTC Program of Accreditation exemplifies their commitment to embodying the highest standards of leadership, discipline, and teamwork.