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   "Screaming Eagles" Battalion  
Updated July 10, 2018.

Welcome to the Junior ROTC program at Cumberland Valley High School.

U.S. Army Junior ROTC is a full-credit, high school elective with the mission to motivate young people to be better citizens.  This is accomplished by developing six core abilities: building your capacity for life-long learning; communication skills; taking responsibility for your choices and actions; service to others; treating self and others with respect; and applying critical thinking skills.  There is NO military obligation associated with this course and the skills are useful for any future career.  JROTC is available to students in all grades.  All students must begin with Leadership Education and Training 1 (LET-1).  Subsequent courses are sequential with students able to take JROTC courses all four years of high school if they desire to do so.  The LET 3 & 4 courses are Honors Courses.  Colonel (Ret) John Kardos is the program's Senior Army Instructor and SFC (Ret) Ric Vargas is the Army Instructor.

Announcements - CV JROTC cadets win the League 3 Raider Team Championship for the 7th straight year!!  See story below.  

Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD)
Congratulations to all "Screaming Eagles" Cadets for achieving the highest qualification assigned to JROTC programs!  On February 23, 2017, the Cumberland Valley High School Junior ROTC program once again earned the qualification of Honor Unit with Distinction (HUD), the highest honor awarded to JROTC programs.  This achievement required the cadet battalion to score at least 95% on a rigorous 5-hour inspection conducted by the JROTC Chief from the U.S Army's 2nd ROTC Brigade at Fort Dix, NJ.  The CV JROTC program achieved a perfect score on the JPA inspection, the first time that this has been achieved in the 115-school Brigade.  This inspection occurs only once every three years and is the most challenging part of the unit evaluation process that includes an annual report of the 75 events in which the cadets participate each year. In recognition of this achievement, the cadets will continue to proudly wear the HUD star insignia on their uniforms. 


- CV JROTC Raider Team Wins League Championship!
  On April 7th, the CV JROTC Raider Team won the League 3 Raider Championship for the seventh consecutive year.  This physically and mentally demanding competition was held at Shippensburg University in a field of seven high schools from across south central Pennsylvania.  The competition is composed of: the Army Physical Fitness Test (push-ups, sit-ups, 2-mile run), Land Navigation Course, the One-Rope Bridge Construction and Traverse, First Aid and Litter Carry, and a 3-kilometer Team Run. After months of intensive training, the CV cadets put on an impressive showing, including winning all five of the events.  Also, Cadet Madison Johnson was presented the Ironwoman award for earning the highest Physical Fitness Test score among all female competitors.  While only our A Team (one team per school) is allowed to compete for the Championship, the B Team competed against the B Teams from two other schools, and won that competition by also taking 1st place in all five events.  

A Team: 
Matt Smith (Co-Captain), Cameron Barnett (Co-Captain), Levi Kuhn, Lucas Stutenroth, Brandon Alonso, Ethan Schulz, Matt Lawrence, Owen Clifford, Ian So, Madison Johnson.  

B Team:  Rylan Foust (Team Captain), Chris Olenick, Alexis Pottinger, Kacy Rabanal, Sean Mikkelson, Aniika Craddock, Caleb Hudson, Stephen Houck, Caleb Frawley, Andrew Casher.  

​- League 3 Drill Team Champions for 2018!  On January 27th, the CV JROTC Drill Team and Color Guard won the annual JROTC League 3 Drill Team Championship for the second year in a row.  Competing in a 10-school field, CV JROTC brought home ten trophies, including: 1st place in the All-Around Drill Team category, 1st place in Color Guard, 1st place in Platoon Inspection, 2nd place in Armed Drill, and 2nd place in Unarmed Drill. The team captains were C/MAJ Hana Youssef (Inspection), C/2LT Michael Fogarty (Color Guard), C/CSM Lauren Bellis (Armed Drill), and C/SSG Kiersten Melder (Unarmed Drill).  Cadet Bellis won the the Commanders Inspection against the drill capatins of the other nine schools.  Cadets Lauren Bellis, Nicholas Tafel, and Michael Fogarty took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the Knockout competition out of almost 200 cadets.  A "Well Done!" to all team members who worked very hard to achieve these results.

Instructor Contact Information. 
COL Kardos 717-506-3757,; SFC Vargas 717-506-3756,

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