Q: What does the JROTC High School program offer me that I can't get anywhere else?
A: The Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC)
program has a lot to offer young men and women who want to get
the most out of their high school years. What you will learn in
the program will be useful to you now and in the future because
much of the instruction and experience you will receive isn't
available any other way at the high school level. JROTC gives
you the chance to acquire basic military knowledge and leadership
abilities, but its primary objective is to develop good
citizenship and patriotism in each student.
Q: What does a cadet learn in the JROTC course?
A: The JROTC course of instruction is offered during the
regular school day as part of the school curriculum. You'll be
instructed by experienced Army officers and noncommissioned
officers who have a high regard for education and training
and enjoy working with young adults. In JROTC you'll get
practical experience in organization and leadership development.
You'll learn what teamwork is all about. You'll learn to think
quickly, to be sure of yourself, to communicate your ideas, and
to become self-reliant. You'll also learn military history and
the military role in current events, and you'll develop a full
appreciation of our national heritage. As a JROTC cadet not only
will you study such topics as Current Events, World Events,
Survival Training, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, but you'll
learn their practical applications through school and community
service. Between your JROTC classes and school and community
service projects, you'll also have time for special training,
extracurricular activities, as well as socializing with fellow
cadets from other schools.
Q: Do the cadets spend all their time in the classroom?
A: No. We offer the opportunity to attend a summer camp, usually
for one week, on a military installation, on a strictly
volunteer basis . You'll experience such things as rifle
training, map reading, and obstacle courses. This training
reinforces all you have learned in the classroom because it gives
you the opportunity for firsthand experience. For approximately
one week, you'll experience barracks living. Rappelling and
day-and-night compass training are just some of the ways you'll spend
Q: What kind of extracurricular activities does JROTC offer?
A: We sponsor a variety of extracurricular activities through
JROTC. Among these are drill teams, honor and color guards,
rifle teams, and orienteering. Through your participation in
these activities, you'll be a more involved student and community
member. Of course, as a JROTC cadet, you'll also have time to
socialize with other cadets. Picnics and a military ball are
just some of the planned activities you'll enjoy.
Q: Is a JROTC cadet obligated to any kind of military service after graduation from school?
A: No. A lot of cadets never pursue a career in the military.
Q: If a person is a member of an Army JROTC program, can they still join a different military branch?
A: Yes. A cadet may still join the Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force,
or Marine Corps if they so choose. The JROTC program will focus
mainly on the Army and its role in the world, but there are many
opportunities to learn about any of the other branches of the military and
the jobs that they have to offer.
Q: Does a cadet have to pay for his/her uniform?
A: No, uniforms are issued by the program. However, if a cadet
loses or destroys an issued item, they have to pay for it.
Q: Does JROTC cost anything?
A: No, the program is funded by the Department of Defense.
Some extracurricular activities require the cadet to pay, but the
course itself is free.