Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC)
Army JROTC is a citizenship and character development program. As is the case for all educational enterprises, quality teachers make the difference. Military veterans model the program’s values through a commitment to students’ character, academic achievement, fitness and wellness, and leadership potential. The program utilizes a nationally accredited curriculum that supports 21st century skills and core academic subjects, facilitates community partnerships, and ultimately prepares students to excel in both college and the workplace.
The JROTC came into being with the passage of the National Defense Act of 1916 as a source of enlisted recruits and officer candidates, yet it has changed greatly over the years. The United States Congress mandated JROTC in law through Title 10, section 2031, of the U.S. Code which declares that, "the purpose of Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.” Today, the study and application of ethics, civic literacy, health and wellness, leadership, and other subjects aim to prepare young men and woman to take their place in adult society.
The value of the program is reflected in the demand for its presence in community. JROTC is a continuing success story. From a modest beginning of 6 units in 1916, JROTC has expanded to 1,731 schools and has a presence in every state in the nation and several countries overseas. Cadet enrollment has grown to over 300,000 cadets with 4,000 professional educators in the classrooms.
Students that participate in JROTC will:
- Act with integrity and personal accountability as they lead others to succeed in a diverse and global workforce.
- Engage civic and social concerns in the community, government, and society
- Graduate prepared to excel in post-secondary options and career pathways.
- Make decisions that promote positive social, emotional, and physical health and wellness
- Value the role of the military and other service organizations