What does JROTC stand for?
JROTC stands for Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps. It is a military regulated high school program whose purpose is to educate high school students in leadership roles while making them aware of the benefits of citizenship. The mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to become better American citizens.
By enrolling in JROTC, are you joining the military?
No. Students who enroll in JROTC don't join the military. They take a JROTC class for which they receive credit.
Will my son/daughter have to serve in the military if they join high school JROTC?
No. There is no commitment to serve in the armed forces if a student goes through the high school JROTC program.
Does the JROTC program recruit for the Armed Forces?
NO! We do not recruit for the Armed Forces. Less than 4% of the 121,000+ High School JROTC students enlist in the military after graduation; most enroll in college. However, some of our students do elect join one of the military services. If they do join, they enter the service with an accelerated promotion which means an immediate pay raise.
Who teaches the students?
JROTC instructors are retired from active military service. They are certified to teach JROTC in accordance with published standards from each of the military services (Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force).
Is JROTC like boot camp?
No. The JROTC course is a leadership and character education program that does not rely on harsh discipline techniques like a boot camp.
If the mission of JROTC is to "motivate young people to be better citizens," how do you accomplish this mission?
By instilling discipline, respect for self and authority, accepting responsibility, being accountable for their actions, and learning to work as part of a team.
What can students expect to learn by taking JROTC?
Leadership, Citizenship, Organizational Skills, Self-Discipline, Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Team Building Skills, Leadership Ethics, Respect/Courtesy, Punctuality/Grooming, Methods of Instruction, Physical Fitness, Computer Skills, Managing Peer Pressure, Stress Management, Map Reading, Orienteering, Service Learning, Economics, Overcoming Adversity, Military History, Personal Finance, Character Values, Personal Fitness, Test Preparation, CPR & First Aid, Self Confidence, Self Esteem.
What do I get out of taking JROTC?
Life skills! The development of your personal potential, the enhanced ability to communicate with others, the knowledge and ability to coordinate varied activities, the focused skills to plan, organize and lead group activities and the knowledge and skills to motivate and bring a team together will give the student a distinct advantage in college and beyond. Every student is capable of doing well in this program if they simply cooperate, follow instructions, pay attention in class, read the material, and study a little.
What Academic Credit do you get for being in JROTC?
For every year in the program, students will receive 1 full elective credit towards meeting graduation requirements.
What makes JROTC different from other classes?
Students in JROTC learn through a unique program that involves both classroom and "live" situations. For instance, a JROTC cadet might be found leading classmates in and outside the classroom.