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JROTC History (unofficial)



     As it began preparations to implement Phase I of the expansion program, Cadet Command discovered that it needed additional manpower. On Oct. 27, 1992, it requested permission from Department of the Army to recall 25 retired officers to active duty to assist in the expansion. Three retirees were to be employed in the Cadet Command headquarters – two in the High School Directorate and one in the Training Directorate, two in each region headquarters, and one in each of the 16 brigades of the command. The request received formal approval on Dec. 24. In granting his approval for the recall, William D. Clark, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), cautioned that the recall was only for a limited period of time and was meant to handle the immediate "surge" of staff support requirements for JROTC expansion. It was clearly not a long-term solution to personnel shortfalls.

     After receiving approval for the officer recall, Cadet Command submitted another request for the recall of 16 retired NCOs. One NCO retiree was to be allocated to each brigade. They were to assist JROTC expansion by performing a variety of administrative and logistical duties at the brigade level as well as promoting awareness campaigns for the start of new JROTC units.

     For both the officer and NCO retirees, the recall was restricted to individuals with unique skills or with specialized training and experience. The program was carefully watched at the Department of the Army because officers recalled to active duty were counted against Army end strength. In addition, Cadet Command requested and received 20 civilian authorizations from TRADOC to support the expansion at the headquarters level. These positions were placed in the High school and Resource Management Directorates to handle increased budgetary and logistics requirements.