L.A. Times: JROTC Takes a Hit Fine, I know that JROTC is not a popular institution overall with many teachers or students. It's not for everyone. But I know Roosevelt High School well, with its attendant problems of gangs, poverty and teen pregnancy, since I'm from around the corner. And what I want to know is: are the protesting teachers living in the same reality I am? Yeah, sure, it would be nice if more of them went to college. But are there so many fantastic opportunities awaiting the kids that don't end up in jail or dropping out that the teachers can afford to discourage them from the military? What about the kids' best interests? A lot of them need to pursue a career and start making money immediately to help their families, and all the peacenik rhetoric in the world won't change that. Moreover, many of the Roosevelt students come from immigrant families who are eager to embrace patriotism in their new country; what right do the critics have to trivialize that? ROTC has a great track record for keeping kids out of trouble, especially these "at risk" kids...but I guess it's easy to dismiss this program when you smoked your way through Santa Cruz.