Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) offers an
opportunity to jump start your military career. Since 1916
the JROTC has been preparing young people to take their place
of leadership by instilling character and responsibility in
JROTC recruits. A high school graduate that has completed
two years of JROTC is eligible to enter recruit training as
an E-2. A high school graduate with three years of JROTC is
eligible to enter recruit training as an E-3.
JROTC is a free program open to high school
students. The Department of Defense in conjunction with local
school districts provide funding for this program. There are
however some activities that require additional funds. These
include such activities as Military Balls and team activities.
These additional activities are usually funded to a great
extent by fund raisers.
The U. S. Army's JROTC is designed to teach high school students
the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community,
personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while
instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline.
Its 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,
LET I -- The mission of Leadership Education
and Training (LET) is to motivate first year JROTC cadets
to be better citizens. To accomplish this purpose, the text
discusses citizenship, leadership, and a number of other courses
designed to help the cadets succeed in high school and after
graduation. Cadets wear uniforms one time each week. Extracurricular
activities include: Providing color guards, eating at concession
stands, participating in community parades, drill and rifle
LET II -- The second year of Leadership
Education and Training provides more details about leadership
situations. The program is split into units including: Techniques
of Communication, Leadership, Cadet Challenge, Leadership
Lab, First Aid, Map Reading, History, Your American Citizenship,
Career Opportunities, and Role of the U.S. Army. The wearing
of the uniform and extracurricular activities are the same
as for LET I.
LET III -- The third year of Leadership
Education and Training provides still more leadership situations.
In this year students will not only be more involved as teacher
and leaders within the cadet battalion, but they will also
do more independent studies in the areas of communication,
leader, first aid, history, map reading, career opportunities,
and technology awareness. The wearing of the uniform and the
extracurricular activities are the same as for LET I.
LET IV --Fourth-year cadets are responsible
for the daily cadet administration and perform as commanders
and staff officers. They act as assistant instructors in some
subject areas for other JROTC classes. They continue to develop
their leadership skills and plan special unit events such
as the military ball or the annual awards banquet.
The JROTC program intends to teach cadets to:
Appreciate the ethical values and principles that underlie
Develop leadership potential, while living and working
cooperatively with others.
Be able to think logically and to communicate effectively
with others, both orally and in writing.
Appreciate the importance of physical fitness in maintaining
Understand the importance of high school graduation for
a successful future, and learn about college and other advanced
educations and employment opportunities.
Develop mental management abilities.
Become familiar with military history as it relates to
America's culture, and understand the history, purpose,
and structure of the military services.
Develop the skills necessary to work effectively as a
member of a team.
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