Before and After Shots of an ROTC Guy

Can you identify the difference (besides surrounding – location doesn’t count) between these pictures of Joshua?

Here is the Before:

Definitely a

And here is the After:


This is definitely not a fashion makeover. And the difference is not in the fact that he’s wearing a hat outside. Hint, look closely at the collar.

Yep, you guessed it (or, if you didn’t I’m going to tell you anyway because it’s my blog and that’s sort of the point), Joshua was PROMOTED at Navy Jr ROTC today!!!

Before – a c/Petty Officer 2nd Class (E5).
After – a c/Lieutenant (O3).

The “c/” stands for Cadet. Joshua was highly honored in his promotion. He skipped E6-9 and O1-2, a total of 6 ranks. He will be the Executive Officer (second in command) of Viking Company in the NJROTC program of 120 cadets. There were 12 students promoted today: 1 Lieutenant Commander, 1 Lieutenant, 8 Ensigns, 1 Master Chief Petty Officer, and 1 Senior Chief Petty Officer.

We are so proud of you, Joshua!! You will be an excellent leader. It is a joy to see you grow in your maturity, integrity and honor. We love you!!

Gotta love that smile!


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9 thoughts on “Before and After Shots of an ROTC Guy”

  1. AWESOME!!! Congratulations, Joshua! You look so handsome and all grown up. (Wait, that might embarrass him…..hehehe)

    You nailed it with the last paragraph, Kath!! It’s so encouraging to see a young christian man that has those qualities! God will always honor those things!!!!

  2. Wow. We knew Joshua was an above average young man, but apparently that is also recognized by the NJROTC. No wonder you are bursting with pride for Joshua….he deserves it.

  3. Wow, that IS a honor. Does this mean I have to salute him when I see him next? :)
    Way to go Joshua, you are a son your parents are rightly proud of.

  4. Excellent job! The boys in our local Air Force JROTC can promote twice as fast in CAP as those CAP members not also in JROTC. Drives my boys crazy! :)

  5. Wow, that’s great news Joshua! I immediately recognized the difference and the meaning of the insignia. I was XO of the Shelton High School company of NJROTC back a few years ago and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

  6. I always knew this day was coming. Well, not in terms of specifics, but it was only ever a matter of time, right? =)

    Congratulations, Joshua, for being a man in whose capabilities and character I am very confident.

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