WASHINGTON— After funding cuts threatened the future of National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) programs at Goochland High School and Mountain View High School, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) stepped in to help save their programs.
In November 2017, the Goochland and Stafford County School Boards received notifications from the U.S. Marine Corp (USMC) that they would no longer be eligible for federal funding for the National Defense Cadet Corps programs at Goochland and Mountain View high schools. The funds cover a range of expenses including travel, training, uniforms, and supplies for students who participate each year. After intervention from the Senator’s offices, the Secretary of the Navy authorized the USMC to convert 20 former NDCC programs into U.S. Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) programs, which continue to be eligible for federal funding. Goochland and Mountain View High Schools were on the list of approved schools that qualified for the new recognition.
“JROTC programs teach important values like teamwork, moral character, good citizenship, and service to the nation,” the Senators said. “We are glad to be able to work with the Department of Defense to preserve federal funding for these important programs.”