JROTC CyberPatriots presents training for expanding, military technology fields
CyberPatriot in JROTC is essentially training for a college education and a possible career in cybersecurity. With the ever-growing grip that technology has these days, more crimes happen online, not to mention that new technology brings new ways for countries to harm other countries.
The world needs more people interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity, and JROTC offers an opportunity to learn about it.
There are three rounds in a CyberPatriot season which are followed by a national competition. The way cadets in the CyberPatriot program learn and practice the skills needed to compete is by practicing with something called an image. An image is basically a computer inside another computer, except the image is in a bubble. Nothing you do to the image can affect the actual computer, making it a perfect thing to practice on.
CyberPatriot will go inside these images in a competition and find questions, called forensics questions, that they can answer to get points. However, the main way to get points is by fixing things wrong with the image, such as deleting unauthorized users and downloading things to update the image.
The reason that I think CyberPatriots is important is because of our world today. More advancements in technology mean that there are more efficient and effortless ways to commit online crimes.
JROTC CyberPatriots is a program designed to train cadets to pursue a future career in the ever-expanding field of cybersecurity.
JROTC Raiders spurs teamwork and friendly competition
One of my favorite parts of JROTC is the special teams, specifically Raiders. I like Raiders for three reasons: it builds teamwork, provides a competitive yet fun environment, and allows you to create friendships outside of the classroom.
For many of the events, you have to stick with your team, whether that means sticking with a person to take her weights when she is tired, slowing down how fast you are running to stick with your team, or encouraging your teammates not to give up. I am one of the slowest, if not the slowest, on the team, so being in an environment where I have people there to help and guide me is amazing!
All of the events we compete in are against other schools, but that doesn’t mean it is only competitive. The challenges are there to help us grow as a citizen, and that includes our outlook towards things. One example is that you can hang out with your friends while setting up, doing the team run, or any other event. Even though we compete against other teams in Raiders, that does not mean we have to dislike them. This could be as simple as helping others set up their tent, carrying their belongings for them, or warning them of any more difficult course they are about to embark on.
These three qualities easily make the Raider team one of my favorite special teams that I can participate in at JROTC.