The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program prepares high school students for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities and privileges as American citizens. It is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community and nation. JROTC teaches young men and women the kind of self-discipline, self-confidence and leadership skills that can help them successfully meet the challenges of adulthood. This program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, by instructors who are retired Navy, Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel.
The JROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship, character development, leadership development and community service. Education classes introduce cadets to the elements of leadership, drill instruction and ceremonies, military customs, uniform inspections, physical fitness training, marksmanship and military history. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by community service activities, drill competition, field trips, marksmanship training and other extracurricular activities. Cadets are required to participate in civic service, wear a uniform and dress up at least twice a month. Uniforms, textbooks, training aids and a substantial portion of instructors' salaries are provided by the military. The programs, run through the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, are taught as elective courses at more than 3,000 high schools nationwide.
U.S. Army JROTC Program Headquarters
U.S. Army Cadet Command
Attention: ATCC-JR-IM (Instr Mgt)
Fort Monroe, VA 23651-5000
U.S. Air Force JROTC Program Headquarters
551 East Maxwell Blvd.
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-6106
Phone: 334-953-5300 or 5275
Naval Service Training Command
250 Dallas Street, Ste. A
Pensacola, FL 32508-5268
Phone: 877-253-7122 (option 1)
U.S. Marine Corps
1019 Elliot Road
Quantico, VA 22134-5001
The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and ensure our nation's security.