On Tuesday, February 12th, the B-L High School Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (JROTC) underwent a rigorous evaluation that was conducted by an outside Brigade Evaluation Team composed of Retired Command Sergeant Major Eric Shay and Sergeant First Class James Artis. At the end of the inspection, the Panther Battalion earned a score of 98 out of 100, thus maintaining the coveted title of Honor Unit with Distinction, which is a recognition they have worked hard to keep since 1996.
JROTC is considered a Special Purpose Program of the national accrediting agency known as AdvancED. As part of this organization, JROTC units must adhere to the AdvancED Standards for Quality and undergo formal evaluations every three years to ensure that they are in compliance with the minimum program criteria. The Brigade Evaluation Team was with the B-L High School Panther Battalion all day and scored them in numerous areas including their continuous improvement plans, service learning briefing, cadet and instructor portfolios, color guard and unarmed platoon demonstrations.
The B-L High School Panther Battalion is led by First Sergeant Tim Covington and Colonel Jonathan Robinson. Since its inception in 1993, the program has produced eight commissioned officers and numerous enlisted service members for all branches of the US Armed Forces.