From the Chairman
ROTC/JROTC/Shooting Sports Programs
Having a solid start with semester introductions for the ROTC/JROTC Programs is essential. By now, all schools are well into their program, and they usually have a hefty schedule with curriculum and after-school and weekend activities. I would hope that some of the posts were able to participate in some of the 911 Patriotic Services held in your schools and communities. I had the privilege of attending the Coral Springs AFJROTC Patriotic Service by raising the flag and reading the Presidential Proclamation. It was an outstanding program arranged by the Cadets with the school, Principal, Staff, and Veterans in attendance. Several schools have these events throughout the year, and making yourself available is rewarding to both the Cadets and brings value to our Legion Posts. This starts with an email to your schools to let them know you are open to attend their functions, and in turn, they will be available to assist your posts and members. It’s also not too early for you to let the Senior Instructors know that you will be supporting them with the Year End Scholastic and Military Excellence Awards in the spring. Remember to get the orders into Legion Emblem Sales as soon as you know what schools you will be supporting—waiting until the last minute is not wise as there’s usually a wait, and there are often backorders at the last minute.
The JSSP Postal Target Orders were online as of September 01. You can reach the link on the Department and National website for JSSP Programs/Club Registration for Postal Target Set Orders. The registration is the same as last year. All shooters must have a CMP Number, and everything is completed online. It is mandated by Legion National that there’s the Annual requirement to pass a criminal background check and pass the Sexual Abuse Awareness course for each coach that is registering for the team.
The cost of the criminal background check with the Protect Youth Sports is $22 and would be a cost that the post could reimburse the team along with the cost of the targets. Proof of each individual completing the risk management and background check must accompany the Post Affiliation form before the Post Commander signing. We have had questions from JROTC Instructors/Coaches asking if they are exempt, however, they are not. Please explain that this is a requirement of the Legion National Headquarters. I have had several requests from posts starting up a Marksmanship Program within their post location. Thank you so much for stepping up, and if I could be of any help, please reach out to me. There are complete instructions on the website for starting a club and essential things you should cover before your startup. Wishing everyone a very successful year, and thanks always for your support of the Legion Youth Programs.