Frequently Asked Question's
What is JROTC?
The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC), is a leadership and citizenship development program in a high school environment. In JROTC you will learn ot appreciate values and citizenship, develop leadership abilities, think logically and communicate effectively, and the importance of physical fitness. JROTC may also be substituted for the PE courses required for graduation.
What Exactly is Taught in Class?
The material covered in JROTC varies throughout the year, with short segments on a variety of topics related to leadership, the armed forces and the nation. The Army JROTC curriculum includes such topics as U.S Military History, personal hygiene, human relations, staff functions and procedures, first aid, military map reading, techniques of oral communications, marksmanship, orienteering, drill and ceremony, and civil defense.
Will I Be in The Armed Forces or Will I Have to Go Into The Service?
Of course NOT! There is absolutely no obligation of any kind, and most students have no interest in going into the military after graduation. For those who are interested, however, there are some real benefits.
What About the Instructors, Are They in The Armed Forces?
No. JROTC teachers are retired military officers and senior non-commissioned officers. They are high school faculty members and employees of the NEISD like all other teachers, but are certified by the U.S. Army to teach JROTC.
What Does the Course Cost?
There are no special costs associated with this course. Course materials, uniforms, supplies, equipment, and most other cost are covered by the military or the school. Personal items such as undergarments, and such things, as meals on field trips are not covered. Fund raising projects are scheduled as needed to raise funds for the special equipment and projects.
What Kind of Credit Can I Get for JROTC?
The course allows full elective credit, just like all other academic courses. In addition, JROTC may be substituted for Physical Education or may be taken as an additional elective in conjunction with Physical Education to meet graduation requirements.
Do I Wear a Uniform?
A custom fitted uniform is provided free and is worn once a week on the ROTC units designated uniform day. It is a honor to wear the uniform and that honor is not treated lightly.
Do Males Have to Get A Short Haircut?
Males’ hair must be neatly trimmed and meet minimum dress code standards. Some of the extracurricular teams may have their own requirements for competitions.
Do Females Have to Have A Short Haircut?
Absolutely Not. In fact they are encouraged to wear stylish hairdo's like other female students who are not enrolled in JROTC.
What Will My Friends Say When I Wear The Uniform in School?
It is human nature to notice something different about a person you know and this certainly applies to JROTC students. JROTC is a popular and respected organization in the school, so the minor "self-consciousness" caused by wearing something different is seldom a problem for long.
What about the Leadership Training?
JROTC is the only formal course of instruction in the district which has formal instruction in leadership. The course also encourages practical application by giving the students the opportunity to run their extracurricular groups and manage many aspects of the JROTC program.
I'm going to College. Is this Good Preparation?
JROTC course material is academically sound and enhances the college preparatory curriculum. JROTC is always well represented in the ranks of the national honor Society, National Merit Scholarship and other scholarship winners.