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Leadership in Action

Leadership Development Program

The mission of Riverside Preparatory Academy is to prepare ethical young men of character for success in college and in life through the provision of a rigorous academic program, leadership opportunities, competitive athletics, extensive co-curricular activities, and the structure and discipline inherent in a military preparatory school environment. The Riverside Leader Development Program is the conduit by which leadership development and opportunities are offered and implemented within the Corps of Cadets.

Commandant’s Guidance
. In order to sustain and enhance Riverside’s reputation as a nationally recognized school for leadership, discipline, character development, education, and preparation for college, Riverside integrates every staff/faculty member and cadet into the process of leadership development; the responsibility for development is shared by all hands. Through the JROTC program, mentorship by staff/faculty, and daily cadet life, cadets learn and implement the art and science of leadership.
Understanding the Riverside Leader Development Program. Riverside takes advantage of the unique opportunities and circumstances of a military boarding school environment by immersing cadets in challenging conditions that evolve as the cadet progresses in his abilities and experience. All boys, before becoming fully-vested cadets, must complete the Recruit on Campus (ROC) Cycle; good followership is emphasized during this 30-day instructional period. Upon completing the ROC Cycle, the cadet continues to learn how to perform as a team member and begins to assume duties of increasing responsibility and complexity that are commensurate with his demonstrated level of proficiency. Cadets graduate from Riverside with practical leadership experience gained in a diverse and demanding environment.
The Riverside Leader Development Program. Cadets are organized into a leadership structure that is modeled after a United States Army Battalion hierarchy. This structure is the catalyst for all rank assignments, assigned duties, subordinate/command relationships, and leadership opportunities within the Corps of Cadets. Roles and responsibilities are clearly defined within this hierarchy, and cadets are held accountable to those standards. A cadet’s progression is measured against a five-phase development rubric; each phase contains identified standards and milestones which a cadet must master before moving on. Several mechanisms are in place to facilitate all aspects of a cadet’s development: an annual summer Leadership Camp, weekly Character Development and Officer/NCO Professional Development sessions, integration of the U.S. Army’s JROTC program, and daily mentorship from each of the Teacher-Advisor-Counselor (TAC) Officers and staff/faculty members, all combine to shape the cadet’s decisions, actions, and future plans.

JROTC at Riverside

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  • JROTC Program

    The U.S. Army's Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or JROTC, is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. Its focus is reflected in its mission statement, "To motivate young people to be better citizens."

    All Riverside cadets in grades 9-12 participate in the JROTC program through military science classes called LET 1 to 4 (Leadership Education and Training). These courses include lessons in:
    • Citizenship in Action
    • Leadership Theory and Application
    • Foundations for Success
    • Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid
    • Geography, Map Skills and Environmental Awareness
    • Citizenship in History and Government
    Participation in a JROTC program does not require military service in college or beyond. However, students who are interested in military careers have been able to use their experience at Riverside to successfully obtain ROTC scholarships for college.

    For more details about the U.S. Army JROTC program please visit www.usarmyjrotc.com.
  • JROTC Curriculum

    The JROTC curriculum is divided into seven sections or units. Each unit offers a new opportunity, challenge, and different perspective from which the student can see himself and the world around him.

    Unit 1: Citizenship in Action - helps develop new skills the student will need in school and throughout his life. It engages him in the practice of basic citizenship customs and traditions and in the exploration of opportunities for non-military and military national service.

    Unit 2: Leadership Theory and Application - teaches the student about leadership. It teaches how to BE a leader, what you need to KNOW when you are influencing others and what you DO when you are leading.

    Unit 3: Foundations for Success - designed to provide young cadets with hands-on experiential learning activities that build self-awareness, essential life skills and the ability to set and achieve goals.JROTC Leadership Excellence Log

    Unit 4: Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid - provides training for getting started on total fitness, split-second emergencies, handling common emergencies, and lifesaving measures. There is also training on substance abuse awareness, intervention and prevention. By teaching the value of physical exercise and conditioning, personal hygiene and proper diet through the Cadet Challenge program (Presidential Council on Physical Fitness), a student will feel good about himself both physically and mentally.

    Unit 5: Geography, Map Skills and Environmental Awareness - helps cadets develop a global perspective and awareness of environmental issues by engaging them in interactive activities that explore the use of maps, map reading and the sport of orienteering (an outdoor sport using maps to find one’s way from point A to point B).

    Unit 6: Citizenship in History and Government - builds basic skills and interest for participation in civic and political life. Students actively engage in We The People curriculum to explore the origins, structure, rights and responsibilities of the American Constitutional government.

    Unit 7: Air Rifle Safety and Marksmanship – teaches important elements of safety and marksmanship in the use of air rifles.

    Cadet success is the main goal of the JROTC learning experience. The focus is on the development of better citizens by building skills in leadership, citizenship, life success, geography, and wellness in a structured interactive environment.

    One of the most important traits a cadet develops is his potential to be a leader. Leadership development, provided through formal instruction in JROTC classes and throughout cadet life in the Riverside Chain of Command, is a life-long benefit.

    Top Honors

    Riverside Preparatory Academy's JROTC program has earned the top honor in its inspections for over 45 years. The Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD) is awarded to each JROTC school that passes the every third year inspection with a score between 600-1000 points. Cadets are tested by the JROTC command staff from Ft. Stewart, Georgia in the areas of management, drill and ceremony, classroom knowledge, color guard, and a cadet staff briefing. As a HUD school, Riverside has the privilege to recommend up to five students to any of the U.S. Military Service Academies for the upcoming school year.
  • JROTC Teams

    Armed Drill Team and Color Guard
    Our Drill Team, the Eagles Armed Drill Team, participates in competitive programs to demonstrate precision drill and ceremony skills. Team members must be present for practice each day due to the precision that must be attained for competition. The team is in demand out of season for other Riverside events and must practice in order to perform successfully. Riverside's Color Guard promotes pride, citizenship, and respect through the display of the flag. This group of young men represents the Academy at many community events in the northeast Georgia region and throughout the State of Georgia.
    Coach: 1SG (Ret) James Tadayeski
    JROTC Academic Bowl Team
    The JROTC Academic Bowl Challenge is sponsored by The College Options Foundation. It’s a fast–paced online academic competition designed to challenge and prepare high school students for college entrance exams such as the SAT and ACT. Each level of the competition consists of questions derived from the JROTC curriculum, language arts, math, science, and current events.
    Coach: 1SG (Ret) James Tadayeski
    Raider Team
    Raiders must display teamwork, physical fitness, and discipline. As a team member, cadets can expect to run 8-10 miles in a competition. Team competition events may vary by school, but most events consist of the following: Physical Fitness test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a 2 mile run; Litter Carry with six rucksacks weighing 45 pounds each and a litter weighing 145 pounds over one mile of rugged terrain; Obstacle Course; One Rope Bridge; 3-5 mile team run. All team members must finish together for a team time. This is considered a JROTC organization, but team members may earn a letter as in other varsity sports.
    Head Coach: MSG (Ret) David Croft
    Rifle Team
    The Riverside Air Rifle team competes in this varsity sport as a member of the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) in Area 6. All competitions are sanctioned by the National Three-Position Air Rifle Council, and athletes competing in these matches are eligible to earn National Council achievement awards and national records. Air rifle team training consists of three phases: basic rifle marksmanship, target acquisition, and specificity training. Please visit the Riflery web page for more information.
    Coach:  SFC (Ret) Tyrone Richmond
  • ROTC Scholarships

    The U.S. Military offers unique opportunities and benefits for students planning to pursue a college degree. Service Academies, Senior Military Colleges, and Maritime Academies offer a world-class education, often granting scholarships in exchange for a period of service.
    Senior Military Colleges (SMCs) offer a combination of higher education with military instruction. SMCs include Texas A&M University, Norwich University, The Virginia Military Institute, The Citadel, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and the University of North Georgia. Every cadet must participate in the Reserve Officer Training Corps, but only cadets receiving an ROTC scholarship are required to enter military service following graduation.
    Army ROTC Scholarship
    The Army ROTC Scholarship is a merit-based, four-year college scholarship.
    It can be applied toward tuition and fees or room and board. In addition to the scholarship, cadets receive a $1,200 annual book allowance and up to $6,000 per year for subsistence.
    In order to recieve this scholarship, students must meet or exceed the minimal standards in each of the following areas: grades, physical fitness, height and weight standards, commitment, and potential to become an officer upon completing his degree. Recipients must be willing to serve in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserve, or U.S. Army National Guard as an officer upon completion of degrees.
    University of North Georgia Military Scholarship
    The State of Georgia awards 42 outstanding high school seniors the University of North Georgia Military Scholarship each year.
    2017 UNG Military Scholarship Recipient - Adam Stumpf, Riverside Preparatory Academy
    It is a merit-based, four-year college scholarship that factors in preparation for college, leadership, extracurricular activities, and desire to serve in the Georgia Army National Guard. This scholarship pays for tuition and mandatory fees, uniforms, books, room and board, and meal plan.
    Each applicant must receive a nomination from a Georgia Legislator in his congressional district. Scholarship recipients agree to attend the University of North Georgia (The Military College of Georgia), participate in the Corps of Cadets, graduate with a bachelor's degree, and enlist in the Georgia Army National Guard where they commission as officers.