Marion High School JROTC recently completed a promotion board for cadets seeking to advance in the ranks to either Sergeant or Staff Sergeant. At the conclusion, sophomore Evan Ray was recognized as the best cadet to appear before the board.
“I was really excited to hear I passed the Board,” Ray said when he was informed he had performed the best among the nearly 10 cadets to appear before the promotion board. “I have been working hard to earn my next promotion.”
The promotion boards are led by the senior ranking cadet non-commissioned officers. Each cadet is quizzed on their knowledge of JROTC subjects and their ability to maintain their military bearing (composure). The subject matter for the board covers physical fitness training, military drill and ceremony, uniform wear and appearance, along with other general information.
JROTC is a leadership development course in which the cadets are expected to seek advancement through the rank structure. Passing the Sergeants and Staff Sergeants board is a big hurdle for cadets seeking to advance.
“Attending a board is very intimidating for a cadet,” said retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Smith, Army Instructor for MHS JROTC. “These boards are a great way for cadets to learn to perform under pressure similar to what they might experience in a job interview. Many cadets gain self-confidence after the successful completion of a board.”
Lt. Col. David Farlow, Senior Army Instructor for MHS JROTC, said Cadet Ray’s achievement sets the bar high.
“Being selected as the best cadet to attend a promotion board is quite an accomplishment,” he said. “Cadet Ray is clearly one of our rising stars within JROTC. We expect great things from him in the future.”
The MHS JROTC Department conducts a promotion board two to three times a semester. The Cadet of the Quarter has their photo on display so everyone will know of the honor they have received.