The anguish of making those decisions is not lost on Bill McHenry, national program director for the Marine Corps JROTC in Quantico, Va.
"It's hard for me to second-guess superintendents, principals and school boards," said McHenry
, who served in the Marine Corps
for 29 years before earning a doctorate and teaching high school JROTC
"They are there because they love kids."
said very few students who take JROTC
actually enlist in the military after high school.
Its greatest value is helping students fit into high school and instilling discipline, he
"Status is really earned, and personal responsibility is more than a phrase," he
The contract between the school district and the Marine Corps
requires a year's notice before a program is dropped.
However, both sides can agree to waive the requirement, he
said it won't take long to find a school to take Snohomish's place.
"We have 122 schools nationwide approved for programs, but I don't have the funding to approve them," he