On October 1, Richmond County High School’s JROTC program will be fully funded and fully accredited. Richmond County High School Principal David Ferguson received the official notice on August 24 from Arthur W. James, GS 4th Brigade-JROTC, which was presented at the September 7 school board meeting.
Richmond County Superintendent Dr. James Smith wrote a letter on August 29 to Congressman Rob Wittman, thanking him for his efforts in this action. According to Smith, the JROTC program is the most popular extra-curricular elective at Richmond County, with over 100 students enrolled. It’s still a fairly new program, embarking on its third year.
According to the U.S. Army JROTC website, full accreditation will supply the program with uniforms, instructional and other materials, and some of the funds for the military instructors.