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Welcome to the Ponchatoula High School Junior Reserve Officers’ training corps (MCJROTC).


The PHS MCJROTC has two instructors:


            Senior Marine Instructor:  Colonel Michael Carrodo. (ret)

            Marine Instructor:  Gunnery Sergeant Dwayne F. DeRouen (ret)


The formal name of the MCJROTC program is Leadership Education.  A major emphasis of the program is assisting students to develop leadership skills that will assist them throughout life.  Students hereafter referred to as cadets, will be placed into a military style organization, where they will move through positions of ever increasing responsibility as they gain experience and knowledge.


This program intends to:

  • Develop leadership and build character.
  • Create informed, patriotic, and responsible citizens.
  • Develop responsible young adults who are physically, mentally, and morally fit.
  • Develop informed and civic-minded young adults prepared for higher education, civilian

careers, and public service.

  • Instill discipline, respect, and responsibility through military-related subjects and activities.


Each of you is expected to:

  • Pass all schoolwork.  Keep up and turn in all assignments to your teachers on time.  If you know you are going to be absent from class, see your teacher and get required assignments early.
  • Always come to school clean and properly dressed and groomed.  Boys are expected to be clean-shaven and keep a neat, well-trimmed haircut. The school dress code will be strictly enforced.
  • Be polite and respectful.  Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  • Be a non-smoker.  If you smoke, now is a good time to quit.
  • Be a good citizen everywhere you go.  Remember, your conduct reflects on you, your family, PHS, and the MCJROTC program.
  • Turn in your MCJROTC forms promptly.  We need these before you can participate in many of the activities, such as marksmanship training.
  • Wear the uniform properly each uniform day.  Be proud of the uniform and keep it neat and clean.
  • Consider coming out for the Drill Team, Color Guard, Physical Fitness Team, Color Guard, or Rifle Team.  These teams participate in several competitions each year in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.  These are extracurricular activities and are not required to be in the MCJROTC program.


Most of all, remember that this is your program.  It is up to each of you to make it a program you can be proud of.