Sussex Tech shutting down JROTC program, due to lack of instructors

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Sussex Technical High School announced the demise of its U.S. Army JROTC classes at the end of this school year.

“Despite extensive research and outreach, JROTC Cadet Command has informed the district that there are no certified instructors available in Delaware. The program needs two instructors to operate – one commissioned and one non-commissioned instructor, each of whom must be retired from the U.S. Army with at least 20 years of service. Sussex Tech has promoted the opportunities over the last month by advertising in local media outlets and on social media. Applicants must be certified by Cadet Command,” a release stated. 

The release continued, “We appreciate and value JROTC’s 18-year history at Sussex Tech and are extremely proud of our cadets’ accomplishments. JROTC has made a huge difference in the lives of so many of our students, and we wish that it could continue.”

Sussex Tech earlier dropped a lodging program, citing the lack of an instructor, low enrollment and indications of poor employment prospects. 

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