Army Junior ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corp.) is designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. Its focus is reflected in its mission statement, "To motivate young people to be better citizens." It prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation. Students taking the Jr. ROTC classes will be under no military obligation. However, successful completion of at least three units of credit in the Army JROTC program will qualify the student for advanced placement in a college ROTC program or accelerated promotion in the military service.
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Speck - Instructor
Bachelor of Science: Agriculture - University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Currently working on his Masters in Strategic Intelligence from the Department of Defense Post Graduate Intelligence Program at the Joint Military Intelligence College in Washington, DC.
LTC Speck has taught JROTC at Conway for 7 years. Prior to that he taught ROTC at University of Central Arkansas for 4 years.
He and 1st Sgt North were named CHSW Co-Teachers of the Year for 2011-2012
LTC Speck served 22 years of active duty in the US Navy and US Army, starting as a Private and working up to Lieutenant Colonel. He retired in 2003 and began his career in education.
Dive Master and Master Diver
Military and Civilian Parachutist
1st Sergeant Thomas North - Instructor
Bachelor of Arts: Sociology - Arkansas Baptist
US Army Sergeants Major Academy, Ft. Bliss, TX
1SG North has taught JROTC for 13 years.8 of that has been in the Conway district.
Co-Teacher of the Year CHS West 2011-12
Prior to teaching JROTC, 1SG North served 23 years of active duty in the US Army, and National Guard. He has also served 8 years in the Army Reserve. During his service he served on the Governors Color Guard and was Senior Instructor at the Arkansas Military Academy.