JROTC doesn't fit in a textbook
What you study in Junior ROTC isn't found in any textbook. It won't be studied by any other students or in any other schools. It hasn't been taught before and it won't be taught again. Because the subject of JROTC is - YOU. JROTC is all about you. You are its whole point. It's devoted to your growth, both as a student and as a person.
JROTC teaches a subject you usually don't study in school - Reality. Being able to take what you learn in class and use it in the real world. So when we teach effective speaking, we don't stop with theory. You write a speech, then stand up and deliver it. We don't give you lectures about doing your homework. We show you exactly how to study, how to take useful lecture notes, and how to take tests. You know it's working when your grades go up.
JROTC prepares you for life
Junior ROTC is a high school course you take during regular school hours but includes many out-of-classroom activities. We cover the basics of history, government, technology awareness, and current events. But we also teach leadership skills (like how to motivate others) and personal skills (how to study, take tests and interview for jobs). We offer extracurricular activities like drill team, color guard and Raider Challenge. You might even get the chance to go to a JROTC summer camp where you'll train on confidence courses, play team sports, and learn land navigation and water safety techniques.
JROTC earns cadets academic grades, but its true measure of success is the young people it motivates to stay in school and graduate. It also develops the personal confidence and pride in self to avoid drugs and other negative peer pressures, and attain life skills that enhance success after graduation.
Motivating and developing young people is what JROTC is all about. To accomplish this goal, it combines classroom instruction and extracurricular activities oriented on attaining and awareness of the rights, responsibilities, and privileges of citizenship; developing the student's (cadet's) sense of personal responsibility; building life skills; and providing leadership opportunities.
JROTC training isn't easy - nothing worthwhile is - but the effort you put into mastering leadership techniques and developing personal skills pays off in a big way. It pays off by giving you the quiet confidence that comes from knowing what you're capable of. And the character to do what it takes to accomplish your goals. JROTC offers you guidelines for proper behavior. But we don't watch over you 24 hours a day to make sure you follow them. You follow them because you want to, even when no one is watching. That's character.
Established by Congress in 1916, Army Junior ROTC has demonstrated over the decades that it works! Junior ROTC Cadets generally graduate from high school at a higher rate than the school as a whole, and principals, parents, and former cadets consistently endorse the positive impact that Junior ROTC has had on the school, the community and the cadets themselves.
We offer you adventure training in summer camp so you can put what you've learned about map reading and land navigation to use. We talk a lot about leadership. But eventually we shut up and give you a chance to show us - and yourself - how it's done. Doing it, not just reading about it - that's earning what you learn.
It's like playing on a winning team.
Team spirit. That's the feeling in JROTC. All the members working together toward the same goals. Willing to give you a friendly push when you need it or a pat on the back when you deserve it. Because when one team member does it right, the whole team wins. And vice-versa.