Reaching far beyond the classroom and into the community, the Saint Albans High School Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) positively impacts students’ lives by developing character, leadership, and civic responsibility. MCJROTC, at its essence, is a character education program, keeping high school students in school, helping them find their way during the turbulent teenage years, and assisting them in becoming productive members of their community. Our program produces young women and men who are ready to accept the responsibilities – as well as the privileges – of citizenship. Numerous studies have shown that students who participate in MCJROTC programs have better attendance, grades, and graduation rates relative to students in general academic programs. MCJROTC motivates students to learn, fosters a disciplined learning environment, and develops essential life skills like time management, personal responsibility, goal setting, and teamwork. The program’s overarching goal is to teach self-discipline to freshman and build a progressive program so that seniors graduate with a developed trait of selflessness – country and community before self. Graduates of the MCJROTC program have confidently stepped forward into successful careers in many professions, including education, business, military service, law enforcement, and a host of other well-respected, well-compensated, and personally satisfying fields.