A pinning ceremony in the military is a longstanding tradition where service members are
formally given their rank or military branch insignia, which is pinned onto their uniform. From
the point of the pinning onward, the service member wears and identifies with their new
branch of service or rank, accepting all of its honors and responsibilities.
78 students were pinned as JROTC cadets—accepting the honor of wearing the JROTC insignia and Navy anchors, in-line with naval tradition. Class leaders were also pinned with their first ranks.
There are 500,000 JROTC cadets nationwide; this is out of 15.3 million high school students in
the United States. This means that the young men and women getting pinned are joining
the rare 3% of high school students that have decided to commit themselves to the ideals of
leadership, a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline, and citizenship.