JROTC Academic Overview
The JROTC curriculum guide lists and describes the four Leadership Education and Training (LET) core courses and elective course options approved by Army JROTC. Each course framework provides a scope and sequence outline that includes targeted competencies and time allocations deemed appropriate for student learning and assessment.
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.
The program's focus is reflected in its mission statement, To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens. "It is a purpose of the Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment." (USC Title 10) 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.
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.
The Army JROTC program is accredited by AdvancED, which was created through a merger of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI); the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI); and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). Having a program accredited by AdvancED means JROTC has demonstrated a commitment to student performance and continuous improvement in education. JROTC earned its accredited status by adhering to five quality standards:
Standard 1- Purpose and Direction
Standard 2- Governance and Leadership Standard 3- Teaching and Assessing for Learning4
Standard 4- Resources and Support Systems
Standard 5- Using Results for Continuous Improvement