- Discipline comes from a Latin word, which means learning, and the dictionary defines it as "training, which corrects, molds, strengthens, or perfects."
- As you were growing up, you learned to obey your parents and teachers, and they taught you respect for the rights of others and the laws of your country. That was discipline. It is founded upon respect for and loyalty to properly constituted authority. JROTC discipline must not be confused with punishment.
- Being disciplined means that you are learning to place the task of your unit, and/or your team, above your personal desires. It means you are learning to obey, promptly and cheerfully, the orders of your leaders so that even in their absence you will observe established rules and conduct yourself properly.
- In training, your leaders will insist on you doing your very best in what may seem to be minor details (cleanliness, haircuts, shoeshine, marching, wearing of the uniform). Your performance will be expected to be of the highest JROTC standards on and off the school grounds. You will be expected to conduct yourself at all times in a manner which will reflect credit upon yourself, your parents, the Cavalier Battalion, Goral Gables Senior High School and your community.
- When necessary, the following means will be employed to enforce discipline:
(1) Pushups or other physical activity.
(2) Merits and demerits.
(3) Promotion and reduction in rank.
(4) Increase and reduction of semester JROTC grades.
(5) Suspension or dismissal from the JROTC unit (by the school’s principal).
- Merits are awarded for outstanding performance of duties, superior personal appearance, exceptional participation in classroom and drill, and for commendable individual accomplishments. Demerits are assessed for substandard rendering of military courtesy and for infraction/violations of rules. Merits awarded and demerits assessed are reviewed by the SAI/AI prior to them being made a part of the Cadets Record.
- For those violations that cannot be corrected on the spot, or are repeated offenses, a demerit report (enclosed) will be submitted. Any Cadet Officer or Cadet Noncommissioned Officer may submit demerit reports. The Cadet committing the violation will be told that the report is being submitted and will be required to initial the report. The completed report will be given to the Cadet Battalion Commander for their approval and submission to the SAI/AI. Any Cadet receiving a demerit has a right to appeal the report in person within five (5) days to the appeal review board if they feel the report was unfair. The appeal review board will consist of the Battalion Commander, Command Sergeant Major, S-1, Company Commander and Company First Sergeant. Their results will be forwarded to the SAI/AI for review/approval.
- If the SAI/AI approves the report, or no appeal is made within five (5) days, action will be taken and the demerits will be filed in the Cadet's folder by the Cadet Battalion Command Sergeant Major.
- Demerits will be accumulated for a full school semester. At the end of each quarter your accumulated demerits will be applied to decrease your JROTC grade.
- If at any time during the quarter the following number of demerits appears on the weekly demerit list, the following action will be taken:
(1) 10 - 15 No JROTC extracurricular activities.
(2) 15 - 20 Appearance before the appeal review board…failure to appear is automatic reduction in rank.
(3) 21 - Attitude evaluation and possible dismissal from the JROTC Program.
- Accumulated demerits may be worked off by performing school and community support activities and/or extra JROTC support for the Cadet Battalion CSM. Demerits may only be worked off BEFORE or AFTER school and not during class hours.
- One (1) merit will delete one (1) demerit.
- Merit may be awarded to a Cadet by any superior Cadet subject to the approval of the Battalion Commander the SAI/AI. Merit reports (enclosed) will be submitted in the same manner that demerit reports are submitted.
- Merits will be accumulated for a full school semester. At the end of each quarter accumulated merits will be applied to increase your JROTC grade.
4. Sample Merit and Demerit System
JROTC Extracurricular Activities such as Drill Team, Color Guard etc
1 merit per hour of practice
JROTC work or support outside normal school hours, including lunch. This includes school and community support.
1 merit per hour
Walk-a-thon Fundraising Support
1 merit per $10 raised
Outstanding demonstration of leadership or performance
1 – 5 merits
Exceptional performance in team competitions
5 – 15 merits
Other merits as directed by Cadet leadership, SAI or AI
As approved or directed
Serious or repeated misconduct, cheating, stealing, fighting
Report to ISS
Insubordination, disrespect, direct disobedience
5 – 10 demerits
Using profane or obscene language
1 – 5 demerits
Unexcused absence from JROTC training
1 – 5 demerits
Uniform not worn when required (unless valid excuse)
1 – 5 demerits
Uniform worn improperly on or off school grounds
1 – 5 demerits
Unexcused tardy to class
Eating or chewing gum during class
Other demerits as directed by the Cadet leadership, SAI or AI
As approved or directed.
- The above merits and demerits are not all-inclusive and will be awarded and assessed for the commendable acts and violations as required.
- The Cadet Battalion CSM is responsible for the merit/demerit program. Cadet First Sergeants are responsible at the Company level. They will also be responsible for posting, at least once a week, the merit/demerit total on the JROTC bulletin board. Names will not be used on the posted list, only student numbers.
- All Miami-Dade County and Goral Gables Senior High School regulations will be followed. For repeated or serious violations, cadets will be referred to the school Discipline Office. Possible disciplinary actions include: School Lunch Detention, After School Program, In-School Suspension and Expulsion from School.