The JROTC curriculum, which fully or partially addresses a number of national academic standards – to include Common Core State Standards (CCSS) – includes course work on leadership, civics, geography and global awareness, health, and wellness, language arts, life skills, and U.S. history. The curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education and promotes development of core abilities: capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques.
More important than “what” is learned in JROTC is “how” it is learned. Every classroom is equipped with leading edge technologies to teach, assess, and report student progress. Teachers are trained to utilize a range of technologies and develop social/emotional skills, support academic content through gaming and simulations, and promote the role of social media. Thus, students engage in meaningful, purposeful activities that lead them to demonstrate success through a portfolio of accomplishments. A Cadet beginning the ninth grade might follow a course similar to the one below:
Education & Training
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4|
|Unit 1: Citizenship in Action||Foundations of Army JROTC
|The Nation’s Defense Forces|
|Unit 2: Leadership Theory & Application||Being a Leader||Knowing How to Lead||Leading Situations||Leadership Lab|
|Unit 3: Foundations for Success||Know yourself – Socrates
|Making a Difference w/Service Learning
NEFE High School Financial Planning Program
|Unit 4: Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid||Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle||Cadet Challenge||First Aid for Emergency and non-Emergency Situations||Drug Prevention/Intervention|
|Unit 5: Geography, Map Skills & Environmental Awareness||The Globe||Maps, Map Reading and Land Navigation||Orienteering
|Exploring the World|
|Unit 6: Citizenship in American History & Government||You the People – Citizenship Skills
Your Job as an American Citizen
|You the People – Citizenship Action Group Process
Founding and Growth of a Nation (history 1776 to present)
|The Federal Judicial System
Sources of power
|Advanced Citizenship and American History|
In addition to a typical JROTC curriculum, Cadets may have the opportunity to participate in a number of co-curricular activities offered by JROTC:
- JROTC Leadership Challenge and Academic Bowl (JLAB): a competitive program that imparts values of leadership and citizenship while preparing for higher education milestones like college entrance exams.
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Camps: a one week college residential program at STEM labs with interaction with college-level professors and graduate and undergraduate students.
- JROTC Raider Challenge: A competitive program for JROTC Cadets in five different fitness and skill events.
- Air Rifle Competitions: Marksmanship programs that promote teamwork, self confidence and marksmanship skills.
- Drill Competitions: Programs for traditional drill formations including regulation and exhibition/pageantry categories.