NY Councilman sees JROTC “students of color” as fuel for “war machine”

In my book Guardian of the Republic I write about JROTC instructors at Grady High School who had an unforgettable impact on my life: Lieutenant Colonel Pagonis, Major Heredia, Master Sergeant Buchanan, and Sergeant First Class McMichael. These four men had all served in combat in Korea and Vietnam – and as a matter of fact MSG Buchanan had been a Vietnam POW. These men taught us about leadership, discipline, honor, duty to country, integrity, and personal responsibility. For some students, these men were important male role models.

And so I find the actions and words of one Councilman Daniel Dromm, a New York City Queens Democrat, deplorable. Dromm, who is the head of the City Council’s Education Committee wants to shoot down the school system’s Junior ROTC programs — charging they’re training high-school students for a “war machine.” “I always wondered why these programs are mainly in schools with students of color,” he said last week during a City Hall hearing, as reported by the New York Post.

“I have concerns about the way they go about recruitment. It contributes to a war machine, and I have some problems with that.” Schools officials were taken aback — can you imagine what would have been said if a Republican said such?

You see, progressive socialists like Dromm don’t believe in the equality of opportunity and developing young people to be personally responsible. He, as well as his cohorts, prefer an equality of outcomes where kids — especially in inner city schools — are trapped in failing programs that promote their dependence. In fact, less than 20 percent of young people involved in High School JROTC go on to join the U.S. Military — but they do learn invaluable skills.

“I really have a problem with … them being there. It sends a message to kids about armed forces and their policies, what happens when they move forward with college,” he said. Dromm, who represents Jackson Heights, also called on the city to end its support of the federally subsidized program. The city pays the instructors who teach the courses.

Supporters of the program were quick to return fire. “That’s probably the most ridiculous comment I’ve heard in a couple of years,” said Richard Gogarty, a former Army sergeant who now teaches at Francis Lewis High in Queens. Students in Gogarty’s JROTC program are offered classes in subjects including leadership and public speaking. No military subjects, like tactical maneuvers, are taught. Gogarty estimates 99 percent of his students go on to college and only 3 percent join the armed forces afterward.

The New York Post reports that students are firing back at the Queens legislator’s claim. “JROTC has nothing to do with the war,” said Vasu Sharma, 16, who attends Queens’ Francis Lewis HS. “We are being trained to be the leaders of tomorrow.” Sharma is one of about 3,000 students from 14 high schools involved in JROTC, which teaches students leadership skills, global awareness and basic military knowledge. No military service commitment is required.

Why would Councilman Dromm disagree with growing the future leaders of America? Why wouldn’t he want these young people to develop vital skills such as public speaking and management? I suppose Dromm reflects the sentiments of the NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The primary reason why I established The Allen West Foundation was to raise funds and assist in supporting the High School JROTC programs across America. This is a vital program, along with Navy Sea Cadets and the Young Marines. We must invest in the future of our country, and that means preparing the next generation of American leadership.

There is no better programs out there these to accomplish those goal and objectives. High School JROTC did very well by me and I am sure there are many of you out there who participated in the program. I enjoy traveling and speaking to these Cadets wherever I am, and showing them the difference that program made in the life of this “student of color.”

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Jim Bennett
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Makes me want to vomit.. Looks like the Socialist Mayor has found a perfect partner…

Edwin Hutchins
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Why ? Because young men and women of color cannot love their country and want to serve it by putting themselves into harms way, so that others will not have to.They cannot want to help preserve our freedoms through strength. But instead are autonomous cannon fodder? SMH NYC is a political cesspool.

Right not left
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Cesspool indeed!!!

The_Patriot
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I’m surprised he isn’t against the boy scouts. They also teach leadership skills. Typical Liberal anything to keep youngsters dumb and keep them on the plantation, no matter the color

CableNewsGuy
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They can’t have youths thinking for themselves or wanting to succeed. Remember in Roots when the slaves were caught learning to read, same difference.

xerocky
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And if it were mostly white they’d criticize that. They don’t even bother to hide that they hate the United States.

Hammy Hamtaro
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LOL I was just coming here to say exactly that.

You are correct. This is the embarassing hypocrisy of the left rearing it’s disgusting face.

Michael Taylor
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Maj. Jack M Christenson, USA (Ret) and SFC Ross Rovers, USA (Ret)…my JROTC instructors from 30 years ago (1981-1985). I learned more from those 2 men than anyone other than my dad and grandfathers. Out of my class we had one go to Annapolis, one go to the Air Force Academy, one to the Merchant Marine Academy, one enlisted in the Army and I enlisted in the Marines. Everybody else just took their lessons on leadership into college and the civilian community. Hardly fueling a “war machine”.

John Frazar
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It’s really sad that the only racists are the ones that see “color” and talk about it constantly. We, as conservatives, don’t think in terms of black, white, Asian, etc. We think in terms of people.

monica
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I was a special ed teachers aide in a high school with a JROTC program. Those cadets were some of the finest kids I ever worked with. They always took the time to talk to my kids. Included them in things. Even helped carry a wheelchair bound student downstairs during a (luckily prank) bomb scare when we couldn’t use the elevator. We should be increasing this program wherever we can!

denniel
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It teaches them discipline and respect something that missing in ALL NY schools

patteel
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Two of my grandsons have been in the JROTC programs. It’s a very good program. BTW, they are white in a mixed school.

Timothy-Allen Albertson
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Timothy-Allen Albertson

Now if this was a class teaching adolescents to become jihadi scum this POS would be yelling that trying to close it down was racist.

Evil Merlin
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You left out the Civil Air Patrol which has more Cadet members than the Navy Sea Cadets and Junior Marines combined, and has been serving the Community, State and Nation since 1947.

Michael Anderson (WB)
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Michael Anderson (WB)

My very white high school boy is in JROTC, my daughter is looking forward to it when she gets to high school. The program has been very good for my son. It has roughly the same percentage of white and non-white as the school and the city (mostly white).

Madonna Roberts
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This is my 9th year teaching JROTC. I love it. JROTC saves kids. How many yo color have no male role model; that is where many JROTC instructors

Madonna Roberts
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Dromm is clueless!

Madonna Roberts
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I have been teaching JROTC 9 years. It saves kids! Many young men have no male role models in their lives, no dads around. That is where JROTC instructors fill the void.

Michael John Naretto
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Another leftist clown. Go figure. Besides, white is a color.
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RIck
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Prior to the schools changing their ethnicity majority to
what you consider minorities or people of color, the same schools were attended
by Caucasian or racist like you referred to as white children. During that time
period he ROTC program was running in those allegedly now schools of color. The
ignorance of these comments by the Councilman are pathetic.

snaved41
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If white is Caucasian, and it is, then people of color are Negro’s, which they are, and apparently many, mostly liberals, have a problem with that. And have led people to think calling black people Negro is an slur. How and why would that be a slur?

yo!
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“negro” has been a slur for the last 30 years at least. I get what you’re saying but step out of the past and step into the present. Regardless of how and why they don’t want to be referred to as “Negro” Maybe because that was the prevalent designation before the civil rights movement

Megan Carrina
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I am a air force JROTC cadet its a wonderful program b assically it teaches us life skills and discipline it has saved so many of my friends from ending up in bad places. The instructors are our role models. ROTC is a great program and obviously this councilman is a idiot I got a wonderful Idea for him he should sit in on some classes. He would learn what is really being taught in these classes of course he is just to ignorant classic case of liberalism. THANKYOU SIR FOR HELPING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY AND MY GENERATION.

veteran222
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I was a former JROTC and agree, I had strong, honorable role models who created a foundation for my military career and even my civilian career.

hadenough57
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Just maybe, if he sat in on those classes, he may learn how to lead.

Lou9999
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Dromm is a clueless lib D-bag. What would he know about a war machine? JROTC is much, much more than “fuel for the war machine”. I can’t believe that anyone would be that stupid……..well, after the last election, I guess there are people that stupid.

ja
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What an idiot!!

Jeff Gerstenkorn
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Always interesting to hear what people that are to scared to stick there head in a classroom and hear what is being taught and watch these kids mature into adults has to say. It is obvious that the council man has never watched these kids in action. I had the Honor to serve 6 years as a JROTC Instructor, it was a job I take great pride in having done! I encouraged my students/cadets to go on to college and become leaders in their communities! If the council man would get involved in the Schools he would understand these programs… Read more »
aumrichin
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The question that Dromm should ask himself is which gang would he prefer New York’s HS kids to belong to: Crips, Bloods or Junior ROTC

Glen Saunders
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Dromm is one of those idiots you can’t really find a good enough description for…..You just need to drag him outside and kick his sorry racial ass…..

LroF5LFjiB
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He wants to keep them enslaved on gov’t handouts all their lives so they will vote for the hand that feeds them. Typical leftist ideology!

NewLibertarian
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The Progressive Left (PL) hates ROTC, period. They want them off of college campuses and high schools. They also hate police academies in colleges. The PL blames the military and police for world and community violence.

Watchman on the Wall
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The PL is demonic and therefore of lies and deceit. Their goal is to destroy all that is good, healthy and wholesome and replace it with that which is irrational, depraved and perverted, on behalf of their master, Satan.

namvet
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Look who these schools call if they think there is a shooter or rapist on campus.

NewLibertarian
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Exactly. Maybe they should mediate instead.

urbanvrwcmom
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If it weren’t for the “war machine”, Dromm wouldn’t have the freedom to pop off like he does.

namvet
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Right On.

urbanvrwcmom
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And a “right on” back at you for your military service, sir! Thank you, welcome home, and God bless you!

namvet
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thank you so much, my best to you and yours.

MotherBatherick
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Ahh! Freedom is a beautiful thing and does not discriminate!

David Hodges
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This is such a pleasant surprise seeing someone, a democrat from New York, no less, in favor of preserving the Christian race. Why do we need to train strangers in our land how to be military “leaders” and how to kill us? Haven’t they always enjoyed killing us in times past? Deuteronomy 17:15 says that we Israelites are not to set a stranger to rule over us, but rather to choose a leader from among our own brethren. Strangers don’t really want to rule in our land anyway. That’s why they are here instead of among their own barbarous kin… Read more »
Retired Army
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Mr Hodges, Please go crawl back under the rock you were under. Warped and deranged are your comments.

Watchman on the Wall
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Truth is very uncomfortable and convicting for those living in lies and denial, isn’t it? Irrational and disconnected from objective reality are your comments.

David Hodges
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You might want to start capitalizing the word “Rock” when used in this context. He is my Rock and my Fortress. I dwell in the secret place of the Most High. Do you think you’ll ever be retired from His army? Is John 18: 36 one of your favorite Scriptures? “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” Or would you prefer to fight in the army of the Jew-knighted… Read more »
MotherBatherick
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While Dromm, de Blasio and Soros sip on cocktails, these JROTC cadets are studying hard, ensuring themselves and their fellow Americans that they will learn, live and breath what it takes to be a future leader for America and Her citizenry. It won’t be cocktails but rather, character that will lead them to success. Thank goodness they have the support of LTC West, a great mentor and even better warrior!

Retired Army
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I am a retired Army Officer who has been teaching JROTC since 2005. Dromm is the typical progressive leftist. His arguments, if they were not so sad and pathetic, would be laughable. JROTC’s mission is to “Motivate Young People to become Better Citizens”. Period. There is no “war fighting training” that occurs with JROTC. Self-Discipline, Physical and Mental Fitness, Graduation from High School, Incentive to Live Drug Free, Public Speaking, First Aid and Survival, Personal Finance and most importantly Leadership are the goals. Out of the over 800 cadets I have had in my program, we have had roughly 20… Read more »
KAV
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As a former JROTC cadet, if it wasn’t for the program I don’t know when I would have graduated high school. I was an average student but my grades were no where where they should have been. I was in the program with 1st Sgt Richard Gogerty as my instructor. There was never any talk about why we should join the military, there was no military training. We were taught how to be leaders, how to work as a team and most of all to have pride in our country. Yes, I went on to join the Air Force after… Read more »