Senior Marine Instructor - Colonel Michael Corrado
Marine Instructor - Gunnery Sergeant Dwayne DeRouen
The Marine Corps Junior ROTC program is conducted at a limited number of high schools and academies in the United States. The MCJROTC program at Ponchatoula High School augments and complements the school’s comprehensive curriculum, which is designed to develop informed and productive citizens. While participation in the MCJROTC program incurs no obligation for future military service, the training will go a long way toward enhancing opportunities in both military and civilian careers.
The focus of the MCJROTC program is Leadership Education. It is designed to instill in high school students a value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. It prepares students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.
The MCJROTC program at Ponchatoula High School provides students an opportunity to develop their leadership skills, self-confidence, and self-discipline through participation in a variety of activities, both inside and outside the classroom.