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   "Screaming Eagles" Battalion  
Updated February 11, 2019.

Welcome to the Junior ROTC program at Cumberland Valley High School.

U.S. Army Junior ROTC is a full-credit, high school elective with the mission to motivate young people to be better citizens.  This is accomplished by developing six core abilities: building your capacity for life-long learning; communication skills; taking responsibility for your choices and actions; service to others; treating self and others with respect; and applying critical thinking skills.  There is NO military obligation associated with this course and the skills are useful for any future career.  JROTC is available to students in all grades.  All students must begin with Leadership Education and Training 1 (LET-1).  Subsequent courses are sequential with students able to take JROTC courses all four years of high school if they desire to do so.  The LET 3 & 4 courses are Honors Courses.  Colonel (Ret) John Kardos is the program's Senior Army Instructor and SFC (Ret) Ric Vargas is the Army Instructor.


Awards Ceremony Rescheduled.  Due to the snow days, the JROTC Awards Ceremony has been rescheduled for 3-4 PM on Thursday, February 14.  That will also be uniform day.  On February 13, practice will be held for platoon sergeants and above during resource period and for all cadets during 3-4 PM.  Cadets are only excused from these events if they have a signed note from a parent due to a conflicting activity.  February 13 will be a regular academic day. 

Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD)
Congratulations to all "Screaming Eagles" Cadets for achieving the highest qualification assigned to JROTC programs!  On February 23, 2017, the Cumberland Valley High School Junior ROTC program once again earned the qualification of Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD), the highest honor awarded to JROTC programs.  This achievement required the cadet battalion to score at least 95% on a rigorous 5-hour inspection conducted by the JROTC Chief from the U.S Army's 2nd ROTC Brigade at Fort Dix, NJ.  The CV JROTC program achieved a perfect score on the JPA inspection, the first time that this has been achieved in the 115-school Brigade.  This inspection occurs only once every three years and is the most challenging part of the unit evaluation process that includes an annual report of the 75 events in which the cadets participate each year. In recognition of this achievement, the cadets will continue to proudly wear the HUD star insignia on their uniforms. 


League 3 Drill Team Competition Champions!  On January 26th, the CV JROTC Drill Team and Color Guard won the annual JROTC League 3 Drill Team Championship for the third year in a row.  Competing in a 9-school field, CV JROTC brought home nine trophies, including taking 1st place in all regulation events: Color Guard, Platoon Inspection, Armed Drill, and Unarmed Drill. The team captains were C/CPT Kiersten Melder (Unarmed Drill), C/CSM Nicholas Tafel (Color Guard and Inspection), and C/SSG Jennifer Huber (Armed Drill).  Cadet Melder won the the Commanders Inspection against the drill captains of the other eight schools.  Cadet Melder and Cadet Diouf took 1st and 4th place respectively in the Knockout competition out of almost 200 cadets.  A "Well Done!" to all team members who worked very hard to achieve these results.

Instructor Contact Information. 
COL Kardos 717-506-3757,; SFC Vargas 717-506-3756,

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