Leadership Philosophy & Intent

The mission of Lake Cormorant High School (LCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) is to provide a program of leadership instruction that includes extracurricular activities in order to instill in the Cadet the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.

We will focus on achieving five objectives:

  1. Appreciation for the origin, advantages, and responsibilities of citizenship
  2. Develop leadership skills and strong moral character
  3. Understand the need and application of national security
  4. Develop a sense of pride and personal discipline and responsibility
  5. Develop an understanding and respect for constitutional authority as the foundation of a democratic society

We must first be rooted in the Marine Corps’ Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.  We will exercise integrity in all situations, whether someone is watching or not.  We will have the moral courage to step in and say or do something to correct a problem.  We will be committed to our families, our fellow Cadets and Students, the school, the program, and the task at hand. Our Core Values are the foundation that will ensure our actions are above reproach and will enable LCHS MCJROTC to achieve the above objectives and to complete our mission.    

We expect each Cadet to put forth maximum efforts at all times.  We expect that each of you will seek self- improvement in all facets of this program and utilize teamwork to build each other up.  For those in leadership positions, understand that leadership at every level is the key to success.  We expect each leader to mentor and assist in developing your fellow Cadets as we work toward achieving our five objectives.  Personal development for all Cadets includes both mental and physical fitness.  Each Cadet must learn the curriculum details and apply the broad concepts in practical ways during daily life.  Every Cadet will strive to improve their physical fitness.

The end state is the creation of young citizens well versed in leadership, instilled with strong moral character, a sense of personal responsibility, patriotism, and a deeper understanding of their responsibility to country, community, school, family, and friends.

The opportunity to serve as the LCHS MCJROTC instructor is an honor.  We look forward to instructing and mentoring the Cadets, and working with the Cadet's parents and guardians.

Semper Fidelis,

Lieutenant Colonel G. M. Johnston, United State Marine Corps (Retired)

Sergeant Major T. M. Herman, United States Marine Corps (Retired)