(frequently asked questions)

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 your time.

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.