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What is ROTC?

Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a Federal educational program sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps “ to instill in students in secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.”

Additional objectives of the JROTC program are to

❏ Develop citizenship and patriotism
❏ Develop self-reliance, leadership, and responsiveness to constituted authority
❏ Improve communication (verbal, written)
❏ Improve physical fitness
❏ Increase respect for role of U.S. Armed Forces in support of national objectives
❏ Develop team building and basic military skills

The JROTC program encourages all cadets to graduate and advance to College, University, or a Military Service Academy. The program stresses military discipline with an academic curriculum that emphasizes study of civics, leadership, military science and military history. Cadets typically wear their uniforms once a week. They learn conduct and behavior that brings credit to family, country, school and our Corps of Cadets. Many cadets participate in extracurricular activities such as marksmanship, drill, color guard, and physical fitness. During the school year, cadets compete in local and regional JROTC competitions and visit local military bases. Distinguished cadets participate in summertime “leadership academies.” Cadets may be awarded ribbons and medals for participation in JROTC team activities, as well as for personal, academic and athletic achievement, and leadership. Awards may be presented by organizations other than the JROTC program, including the Military Officers Association of America, American Veterans, and the American Legion. Successful completion of a JROTC Program (1–4 years of classes) can lead to advanced rank upon enlistment and graduation from basic training in the Armed Forces. JROTC participation incurs no obligation to join the military.