MCAF Donates Unit Library to JROTC
Preparing for a career in the military knows no age.
Students at Pamlico High School in North Carolina take their training seriously. The teenagers are enrolled in the school’s Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) and have already started reading up on their military education.
The Marine Corps Association Foundation donated a unit library to the JROTC program with more than 50 books spanning Marine Corps history, lifestyle and leadership.
“When they read and study knowledge it helps them live vicariously through our mistakes as well as our triumphs and it helps give them a better picture of what our military has done for our country,” said MCA&F Southeast representative SgtMaj Adam Terry, USMC (Ret.)
The donation is part of The Commanders’ Unit Library Program, designed to foster Marines’ knowledge of past leaders and strategy in order to understand history and to be as prepared as possible for combat.
“It’s important they read to have a better understanding of the history of our Armed Forces in America,” Terry said.
Terry said he specifically chose books that were appropriate in subject and maturity for the high school students and ensured the books weren’t explicit or graphic.
Terry served as the guest speaker at the unit’s award ceremony on Sept. 18, shortly after the library was donated. He returned to the school in November to see the library and to celebrate the Marine Corps’ 237th Birthday.
The Marine Corps Association Foundation donates a number of books based on unit size, and those deployed or in rural areas are a first priority. The unit commander can choose any professional books from The MARINE Shop online bookstore. (http://www.marineshop.net/browse.cfm/books/2,431.html ). Options include timeless military classics, recent works on emerging operations and any books part of The USMC Professional Reading Program. To apply to The Commanders’ Unit Library Program or to read unit testimonials, visit https://www.mcafdn.org/awards-pro-library.
The Marine Corps Association Foundation donated a unit library with more than 50 books to a JROTC unit at Pamlico High School in North Carolina. Pictured from left is Naval Science Instructor HMCM Dave Matthews, USN (Ret); Shantelle Nimmo Jr.; Devin Bell; Kelly Truesdale; and MCA&F East Coast Representative SgtMaj Adam Terry, USMC (Ret.)