Q: What is taught in JROTC? Doesn’t all that marching and the JROTC instructors yelling at you all day get old?
A: Another misconception about the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). All students in JROTC are treated with respect. Marching is a small part of the curriculum taught in JROTC. Actually, if a student is not a member of the Drill Team or Color Guard, there is very little marching. Mondays and Thursdays are academic days where we learn subjects such as Leadership Principles, Military and World History, Geography, Physical and Mental Wellness (stress management, interpersonal awareness, physical wellness, effective communication), Study Skills, Substance Abuse Prevention, and First Aid. Wednesday are reserved for uniform inspection, Drill and Ceremony (marching) and student teaching. Tuesdays and Fridays are reserved for physical training.
Q: Do I have to join the military if I participate in JROTC?
A: Absolutely not. Most of our cadets do not join the military. Most of our graduation seniors go on to college. Some receive military ROTC scholarships, some go on to technical school. Our primary mission is teaching life skills that will serve our youth as they enter into adult life.
Q: What is JROTC?
A: JROTC is an elective class that is offered for up to four years beginning with Leadership Education Training – 1 (LET-1). The course provides academic credit just as any other elective course in high school. The curriculum emphasis is on citizenship, leadership, teamwork and personal responsibility. Students are required to wear uniforms once a week. These uniforms are provided to the students free of charge so long as they are returned at the end of the year or whenever they leave the program.
Q: If I take JROTC do I go intothe Army when I graduate?
A: JROTC does not obligate any student to enter the military at any level nor does it recruit students for any military service. However, some students do decide that they will enter the military upon graduation and their JROTC experience is an advantage.
Q: Why would JROTC be a good choice?
A: There are several great reasons why JROTC is a great program for students, parents and the community. These are a few:
a. It is a fantastic peer group. JROTC students are a cross-section of the student body as a whole. However, most teachers and administrators will tell you that JROTC students are more self-disciplined and motivated than their counterparts who do not take JROTC. We seek to instill positive personal morals, respect and responsibility. These are characteristics that carry our students throughout their high school years and into adult life.
b. It has many extracurricular activities. A common denominator for JROTC students is their level of involvement in school sponsored extra-curricular activities and community service. It is generally recognized that students involved in wholesome activities tend to present fewer problems at school and at home. JROTC provides opportunities to become involved in after school activities like, Raider Platoon (Competition Fitness Team), Color Guard and Drill Team, Academic Bowl team and Leadership Bowl Teams.
c. It assists in attaining scholarship and increased rank in the military. Some students do take JROTC with an eye on entering the military after graduation. Others have desires to obtain ROTC scholarships to college or to attend one of our nation’s prestigious military academies. Those who complete 4 years of JROTC may enter service having already achieved rank that will provide increased pay. For those students who wish to go on to college, we get literature and share our knowledge to mentor and assist them to achieve their goals of an education and commission as a military officer.
d. It has dedicated Cadre (Instructors) who are concerned with each student’s success. ROTC Instructors are retired military professionals certified to teach and mentor high school students. Each of us has experienced a great deal of the world. From this vantage, we consider our work a calling rather than just a job.
Q: You say you're not recruiting, but don't many JROTC graduates enter the military?
A: Many cadets find they enjoy military discipline and structure; it brings out their best and allows them to excel. Some win appointments to one of the military academies. And those who enlist can enter military service at a higher rank and pay grade. But the JROTC program DOES NOT request or expect a military commitment of any kind.
Q: Can JROTC help students go to college?
A: We definitely can help. JROTC training improves the ability to study, take tests, to set goals, and to focus. Colleges are looking for Leaders, Scholars, and Athletes.
Q: Do cadets have to wear uniforms?
A: Yes, but usually only once a week, or when taking part in special ceremonies. The rest of the time normal clothing is fine. Cadets do need to wear clothing appropriate for exercise on those days where physical training is required.
Q: Are there any fees for uniforms, books, or special equipment?
A: The JROTC program supplies uniforms, books, and all other equipment used in the course, free of charge. There is a fee if the uniform or books are damaged, lost, or stolen.
Q: Is JROTC as hard as it sounds?
A: The course is demanding, but most students who make an effort really enjoy the challenge and thrive on the hard work and discipline.
Q: Who teaches JROTC?
A: Retired Army personnel with years of experience working with young people are the instructors. They are certified by the U. S. Army, but they are hired by, and work for, the school. We have state-of-the-art instruction techniques.
Q: Are there any age requirements to be in JROTC?
A: There's no firm age requirement, but students must be in at least the 9th grade to take JROTC.
Q: Where can I get more information about JROTC?
A: The guidance counselor at school or the JROTC directly. Please see “Contact Information” on the home page.
Q: What extracurricular activities may cadets be involved in during the school year?
A: Extracurricular activities during the year may include: Presentation of Colors (Color Guard), Escorts and charity events, Parades, Rifle Matches, Drill Competitions, Summer Camp, Academic Competitions, Raider Challenge (Physical Fitness), Formal Military Balls, Awards Night, Annual Inspections, Community service learning etc.
Q: Are there both male and female cadets?
A: Yes, about 10% of the classes are made up of females. Leadership positions are available to both sexes equally, and we have male, female and mixed extracurricular teams.
Q: What are the haircut standards?
A: Male cadets' hair must be neatly trimmed and meet minimum dress code standards (ears not covered). The hair on female cadets should not touch their shoulders/extend below the bottom of their uniform collar (Females with long hair will "pin up" their hair up while in uniform).
Q: How much time does JROTC take?
A: Cadets can spend as much time in JROTC as they desire. They must attend class just like their other courses, but we encourage participation in extracurricular activities like drill team, color guard, marksmanship teams, and social events. Many cadets consider the "out of classroom activities" as the most enjoyable part of JROTC.
Q: What kind of recognition can I get for my participation in JROTC?
A: There are a large number of awards, which are given for participation and achievement in JROTC. Some are given by the unit and others by local civic and patriotic groups. All are available for everyone to seek.
Q: is there someone I can talk to about the JROTC program?
A: Yes, either your school guidance counselor or the program’s military instructor will be happy to discuss JROTC with you and answer any questions you may have.