Description. Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is the largest youth program, with an accredited curriculum, in high school. It serves as a character and leadership development program for our nation’s high school students. High school students enrolled in JROTC are “Cadets.” There are approximately 314,000 Cadets enrolled in JROTC in 1,731 high schools, led by 4,000 retired Army Instructors.
Mission. The program's focus is reflected in its mission statement "To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens." It prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.
Vision. This program’s design focuses on the development of better citizens by building skills in leadership, personal growth and behaviors, citizenship, decision making, health and fitness, first aid, team building, service learning, and, geography; all within a student-centered learning environment. The JROTC program is a cooperative effort between the Army and the host school.
Program Outcomes. Program outcomes describe what JROTC Cadets will know and be able to do upon successful completion of the JROTC program. These outcomes also provide documentation for growth and development of the student and program for re-accreditation purposes, school visitors, parents, and the community. As Cadets complete each LET, their journey toward program outcomes will occur; each program outcome is linked to every LET lesson in the curriculum. Evidence of learning can be witnessed through a Cadet’s Portfolio, which will showcase continued development of program outcomes. The JROTC Program Outcomes are:
- Act with integrity and personal accountability as you lead others to succeed in a diverse and global workforce
- Engage in civic and social concerns in the community, government, and society
- Graduate prepared to succeed in post-secondary options and career pathways
- Make decisions that promote positive social, emotional, and physical health
- Value the role of the military and other service organizations
Core Abilities. Core Abilities describe the broad, life-long skills that every Cadet needs for success in future life and career endeavors. The core abilities are a result of the goals and values that drive the JROTC program and are built upon the program’s four years through integrating various lesson competencies and skills throughout the JROTC curriculum.
- Apply critical thinking techniques
- Build your capacity for life-long learning
- Communicate using verbal, non-verbal, visual, and written techniques
- Do your share as a good citizen in your school, community, country, and the world
- Take responsibility for your actions and choices
- Treat self and others with respect
Course Competencies. Competencies describe discipline-specific measurable and observable skills, knowledge, and attitudes. They are targeted in each lesson of the curriculum. Performance standards (criteria and conditions) provide the specifications for assessing mastery of a competency. Cadets show they have learned competencies by applying them in the completion of assessment tasks that require them to do one or more of the following:
- Make a decision
- Perform a skill
- Perform a service
- Solve a problem
- Create a product
Uniform Policy: All cadets are expected to follow uniform wear policies while enrolled in JROTC. All cadets will be issued an Army Service Uniform (ASU). All cadets will wear either the class B (without jacket) or class A (with jacket) every Tuesday unless directed otherwise. Any cadet that does not have an ASU will be expected to “dress for success” which would include slacks and polo shirt, no T-shirts, shorts or shower shoes/flip flops. All male cadets are required to be clean shaven while in uniform and maintain a “short” haircut. Hair should not fall below the collar of their uniform in the back, fall past mid-ear on the sides or below the eye brows in front. Female cadets will ensure that when in uniform their hair does not fall below the eye brows or below the collar of their uniform. Facial piercings are not allowed while in uniform. Female cadets may wear a single set of round or small “stud” type earrings only. Any cadet who does not abide by uniform policy will be removed from the program. Cadets who refuse to wear or routinely do not wear the uniform will also be removed from the program.
- Uniforms will be issued to new cadets once they meet minimum requirements (see below)
- Uniforms will be exchanged for current cadets during the first two weeks of school.
- Uniforms will be returned upon graduation, transfer from school, removal from class or cadet dropping the class
- Cadets are responsible to maintain and keep track of all uniform components to include routine cleaning. Any lost items must be purchased by the cadet (costs vary according to lost item).
- Cadets can exchange uniform items at any time as long as the item was not damaged from lack of “due” care. e. a zipper breaks on pants, etc.
Requirements to earn the uniform are:
- Recite the cadet creed verbatim with no mistakes
- Know and understand the “JROTC MISSION STATEMENT”
- Know the JROTC rank structure
- Know your immediate chain of command
**You will also earn your 1st promotion to the rank of PV2**
Ranks and awards:
- Cadets will receive earned awards at the end of each semester and/or at annual awards banquet (national level awards)
- Cadet promotions will be determined by cadet performance and satisfactory promotion board results. Cadets will have weekly opportunities (Monday) to present themselves at a promotion board. Promotion requirements can be found in our Standing Operating Procedures (SOP) posted on the Brewer HS web page under JROTC.
- Cadets may earn impact awards or on the spot promotions for outstanding achievements
REMOVAL FROM THE JROTC PROGRAM: AP Brewer cadets are expected to conduct themselves at a higher level than other high school students and will be held to a higher standard. Cadets who do not follow JROTC program guidelines (uniform policy, classroom code of conduct, cadet creed) or commit serious school offenses may be removed from the program.
- Phase 1: Cadets who show the beginnings of disciplinary issues will be counseled by the SAI and/or AI and parents notified
- Phase 2: Cadets who continue to show disciplinary issues will be demoted, placed on probation and parents and school administrators notified of potential removal from program.
- Phase 3: Cadets who still show no willingness to improve or follow program guidelines will be removed from program