In many countries, training the youth has proved essential in many situations. This involves instilling them with basic survival skills, as well as leadership qualities which are important both to them and in developing the community. This paper seeks to explain the essence of ROTC and scout programs and how crucial they are to the community. In the US, training students with military skills started in 1819. However, the Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) programs were incorporated due to the National Defense Act of 1916. The goal of this program is to instill knowledge in students, thereby enabling them to serve in various sectors of the US army. The program is voluntary and interested individuals can get the required experience at an early age while in high school through (Junior ROTC) programs. The legislation allows colleges and high school to receive an instructor who will help train students about military activities as they prepare to serve in the army. The scouts’ organization was established in 1910, formerly known as the Boys Scouts of America (BSA) which was inspired by the Boy Scout Association established by Baden-Powell in Britain. Currently, there are over four million boys and girls scouts in the US. The program is meant to instill basic survival programs and give the youth leadership programs. Nonetheless, how does engagement in the ROTC and scouts’ programs benefit the community?
These programs instill basic survival skills which can be essential in society. For instance, during emergency cases like fires and tsunamis, those tasked with saving the injured may be injured or not make in time. ROTC and scout programs involve first aid training. The youth can play a vital part in saving the injured, thereby minimizing the effects caused by the damages and lowering fatality rates. Secondly, during wars and terrorist attacks, security officers might not be present to protect civilians back at home. Through survival skill training, youth who have enrolled in these programs can help maintain security and order in the country or help in neutralizing the threat posed by terrorists and other enemies. The youth can also help in dispatching relief services to affected areas either in war or climate calamities. This can be through distribution of food, offering medical services, building temporary shelters. Lastly, these programs instill leadership skills which are essential both at military and community level. Proper administration is essential in achieving set goals and objectives. Moreover, children will be motivated to work hard if they see people who are able to lead them at a young age. It is clear that the ROTC and scout programs are very crucial in the United States. Thus, I would recommend that the government makes them compulsory. Students should enroll for at least one of these programs to ensure they acquire these skills.
In conclusion, the scouts and RTOC programs are youth training approaches meant to instill survival and leadership skills. Both began during the 1900s and have proved to be essential in the country. During the disasters and calamities, they can be used in providing first aid, thereby reducing the fatality rates among the victims. Moreover, leadership skills acquired can help in administering the army and society. Additionally, it will help motivate children to work hard. Lastly, the trainees can help protect the nation during times of war or terrorist attacks. The government should make these programs compulsory and ensure that the nation’s youth acquire this skill.