What one studies in JROTC is not found in any textbook. It isn’t studied by any other students or in any other schools. It hasn’t been taught before and it will not be taught again. That is because the subject is YOU. JROTC is all about YOU. YOU are the whole point. It is devoted to your growth, both as a student and as a person.
JROTC prepares you for life, not for the military. It is given during school hours, but includes many out-of-classroom activities. We cover the basics in history, government, technology awareness, current events and physical fitness. Additionally, we teach leadership skills (like how to motivate yourself and others) and personal skills (how to study correctly, take tests, interview for jobs). We offer extracurricular activities like Drill Team, Raider Team and Color Guard.
Out-of-class activities are planned, organized, and executed by the Cadets, for the Cadets. It is an organization which is operated by the members of the organization. Out-of class activities consist of camping trips, rappelling trips, high-wire events, snow skiing, white-water rafting, fund-raising, community service, service learning, and a Military Ball.
NO JROTC CADET IS UNDER ANY OBLIGATION TO JOIN THE MILITARY. Our interest is simply to give Cadets an opportunity to develop and improve themselves in ways schools generally do not offer. We are not promoting a military lifestyle. We do use military skills to teach self-discipline, confidence and pride in a job well done.
The JROTC program gives Cadets the opportunity to participate in their education and learn how to be a better citizen. It provides Cadets with tools and skills they can use to succeed in high school, but far more important, these tools and skills will be useful for the remainder of their lives.
Cadets will learn to:
- Appreciate the ethical values that underlie good citizenship.
- Develop leadership potential and learn to live and work cooperatively with others.
- Think logically and communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Appreciate the importance of physical fitness in maintaining good health.
- Understand ways to resist negative peer pressure and support others.
- Develop mental management abilities.
- Understand the importance of high school graduation to a successful future.
- Learn about college and other advanced educational and employment opportunities, and develop the skills necessary to work effectively as a member of a team.
Something amazing happens when students enter the JROTC program. Whatever they do, they begin to do a little better. One can actually see them standing taller, looking a little more sure of themselves, greeting life with a little more enthusiasm. They tend to take more pride in how they look, in how they carry themselves, in how they speak and behave. They do better in school, take on more responsibility and get involved in community service.