Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps
More than a Class
The JROTC Program mission philosophy is “To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens.” It is a high school elective that focuses on leadership, communication, and life skills. A primary goal of the course is for Cadets to confidently make the right choices, graduate from high school, and become successful in future endeavors. The program works to instill the values of citizenship, personal responsibility, and service to the community. Junior ROTC Cadets may qualify for placement in college level ROTC, scholarships, and advanced rank in the active duty or reserve components of the Armed Forces. However, there is no military obligation associated with JROTC. Cadets earn awards (ribbons worn on their uniform) based on service learning project participation, academic and athletic achievements. Their rank and leadership roles are earned by demonstrating JROTC knowledge, character, and critical thinking skills.
the history of jrotc
The Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program originated as part of the National Defense Act of 1916. The ROTC program consists of three levels of instruction: the senior division, the military school's division, and the junior division.
The JROTC program has changed greatly over the years. Once looked upon primarily as a source of enlisted recruits and officer candidates, it became a citizenship program devoted to the moral, physical and educational uplift of American youth. Although the program retained its military structure and the resultant ability to infuse in its student cadets a sense of discipline and order, it shed most of its early military content.
The JROTC program is a service to our nation that provides cadets the motivation and skills to remain drug-free, graduate from high school, and become successful citizens. The program works to instill in students in secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the community and the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. Junior ROTC cadets may qualify for an advanced placement in the Active or Reserve Components of the Armed Forces. There is no military obligation associated with JROTC.