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Fargo Junior ROTC program seeking cadets

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Budget cuts to the United States Air Force are affecting high school students in Fargo.

Fargo's Air Force Junior ROTC program needs 100 cadets by next October to avoid another year of probation or they feel the drastic military budget cuts could put the program in jeopardy.
"Probation, basically, is kind of a warning to try and fix the problem and the Air Force, if they desire, could eliminate our program based on the fact that we've been on probation for two years in a row," says Senior Aerospace Science Instructor Col. Steven Muhs.

He says one of the biggest misconceptions about Junior ROTC is that the program is recruiting for the military.

"Our mission is to create better citizens for America, so our focus of the program is citizenship. It's how to make kids better citizens. We teach a lot about community service, giving back to the community," says Muhs.
He says only about 10 percent end up choosing to enter the military. Cadets in Junior ROTC commit time in one class period a day or two if they're traveling to and from another high school and extra curricular activities.
"Graduation rates are higher for students that are in ROTC, less behavioral problems, more of them go on to college, so junior ROTC has shown statistically that it helps students perform better," says Muhs.
So the program leaders are trying hard to save it by working with middle schoolers who feed into the program and encouraging cadets to tell their friends.
"ROTC is a fun class to take and that you know, you should join it. So that's kind of some of the things we're working on right now," says Assistant Aerospace Science Instructor Master Sgt. David Miller.

Junior ROTC is a free program. If you'd like more information, click here.

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