The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) is a Federal program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across the United States. The program was originally created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act.
The JROTC provides a quality citizenship, character, and leadership development program, while fostering partnerships with communities and educational institutions.
The study of ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, life skills and other subjects designed to prepare young men and woman to take their place in adult society, evolved as the core of the program. More recently, an improved student centered curriculum focusing on character building and civic responsibility is being presented in every JROTC classroom.
JROTC is a continuing success story. From a modest beginning of 6 units in 1916, JROTC has expanded to 1645 schools today and to every state in the nation and American schools overseas. Cadet enrollment has grown to 281,000 cadets with 4,000 professional instructors in the classrooms. Comprised solely of active duty Army retirees, the JROTC instructors serve as mentors developing the outstanding young citizens of our country.
Why Join Army Junior ROTC:
To appreciate the ethical values and principles that underlie good citizenship.
To develop leadership potential, while living and working cooperatively with others.
To be able to think logically and to communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing.
To appreciate the importance of physical fitness in maintaining good health
To understand the importance of high school graduation for a successful future, and learn about college and other advanced educational and employment opportunities.
To develop mental management abilities.
To become familiar with military history as it relates to America's culture, and understand the history, purpose, and structure of military services.
To develop the skills necessary to work effectively as a member of a team.