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Updated Nov. 9, 2020

Connally High School Army Junior ROTC Students in the Connally High School Army Junior ROTC underwent their first-ever uniform inspection Friday, Nov. 6 on campus. Students learned about basic military dress regulations, and also performed a traditional flag-raising that morning.
In its inaugural year, CHS Cougar Battalion is led by Senior Army Instructor Joseph Kelly and Army Instructor Bryan Morgan.

Cougar Battalion inspection
The Connally High School Army Junior ROTC hosted its first-ever quarterly awards and promotion ceremony at the Connally performing arts center on Friday, Oct. 30. Our congratulations to the cadets on their promotions.

Cougar Battalion promotions

Kelly, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, served as an operations officer, deployment support team leader and battalion executive officer during his 20 years in the Army. He also worked as a military science professor at Florida A&M University from 2010-14, while in the Army.
Cougar Battalion is the only of its kind in the Austin area, with the nearest Army JROTC program in operation currently in Harker Heights, near Killeen.
A character development and citizenship program, Army JROTC currently operates in more than 1,700 public and private high schools, military institutions and correctional centers throughout the United States and overseas. Nearly 4,000 instructors – retired from active or reserve duty or National Guard Army service – are trained to teach and mentor approximately 314,000 cadets annually in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act of 2007.