THE JROTC PROGRAM
Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps
The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the largest character development and citizenship programs for youth in the world. The National Defense Act of 1916 established organized JROTC programs at public and private educational institutions. In 1964, Congress expanded the program to all military services and changed from active duty to shared support from the services and schools. As congressionally mandated by Title 10 United States Code, Section 2031, each military service must have a JROTC program 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.” JROTC’s mission, “To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens”, is the guide post for the program’s success.
The JROTC curriculum 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.
The JROTC program at Oak Ridge Military Academy stands as a beacon of community service and leadership development. Committed to fostering a sense of responsibility and citizenship, the program instills values that extend beyond the classroom. Cadets actively engage in community service projects, embodying the academy's dedication to making a positive impact. Through rigorous training, they emerge as leaders equipped with discipline, teamwork, and a profound commitment to serving others. Oak Ridge Military Academy's JROTC program molds individuals into principled leaders poised for success in both their academic and civic pursuits.
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