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"To Motivate Young People to Become Better Citizens"

JROTC is a four-year academic elective course in citizenship, human relations, and leadership. The curriculum is oriented toward the development of students into hightly responsible, motivated, patriotic citizens instilled with the highest standards of self-discipline and integrity. It stresses personal interaction between students, teamwork, and learning how to fit in and participate in a group. The underlying philosophy is to provide students the opportunity, curriculum, and environment to maximize their potential and to inspire them to remain in school and graduate. The ROTC learning experience is applicable to students in whatever future endeavor they may choose. Students have no obligation to join the military when they are enrolled in ROTC.

JROTC teaches some basic military skills (i.e. first aid, drill and ceremonies, map reading, and marksmanship), which are performance type activities. The students are organized into a Corps of Cadets. Students enrolled in ROTC are referred to as cadets. The Cadets are in charge of the daily operation of the Corps. Each cadet is assigned a position with certain responsibilities. For the Corps organization to work properly, it is essential that all cadets willingly obey orders and instructions, particularly from senior cadets appointed over them. The curriculum is sequential, that is it continues building upon the previous years' instruction. Basically, the curriculum progresses from introduction (LET 1) to intermediate (LET 2), applied (LET 3), and finally advanced (LET 4).

To enroll in JROTC, each student must:

1) Be registered at James Madison High School,

2) Be physically and medically fit,

3) Have high standards of conduct and be of good moral character,

4) Must be at least 14 years old.

The extracurricular activities that cadets may voluntarily participate in are:

1) Armed Drill Team,

2) Unarmed Drill Team,

3) Orienteering Team,

4) Color Guard,

5) Physically Fitness Team, and

6) Rifle Marksmanship Team

7) Female/Male Academic Team

Cadets also appear in parades and at various military and civil ceremonies, support football games, go on weekend (Saturday) map reading/orienteering competitions and may attend a one-week leadership course/Summer Camp during summer vacation.

It must be emphasized that all extracurricular activities are voluntary, are based on UIL eligibility requirements, and that cadets are taught the skill before they participate. Practice time for extracurricular activities is normally from 4:00 PM to no later than 6:00 PM, Monday through Friday. The overall objective is for the cadets to try something new, have fun and develop self-confidence.

Cadets will receive grades throughout the course based on written tests, observation and performance. Six-week grades will consist of the average of the performance grade (leadership, drill, wearing uniform, inspections, etc.), the average of periodic test grade. The final semester grade will be that average of the three six week grades and the semester final. The performance grade will reflect a cadet's attitude, participation, cooperation, and conformity to group requirements and self discipline. CADETS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR THE PROPER CADET UNIFORM ALL DAY ONCE A WEEK (normally Wed/Thu). IF HE/SHE HAS AN UNEXCUSED ABSENCE, HE/SHE WILL WEAR THE UNIFORM THE NEXT ATTENDED SCHOOL DAY WITHOUT LOST POINTS. Consistent absences on uniform day or outright refusal to wear the uniform will result in disenrollment from the program, with a failing grade.

It is the responsibility of each cadet to make up any work missed due to an excused absence. Work must be made up within THREE SCHOOL DAYS or zero credit will be given. If the student requires additional assistance in any portion of our curriculum, we are available for tutoring Monday through Thursday, before school between the hours of 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM. If these hours are inconvenient, the student may request an alternate time by contacting either of the instructors throughout the day.

Cadets will be issued all uniform items, textbooks, workbooks, and equipment for special activities at no cost to the parents or guardian. All issued items must be turned in at the end of the school year or paid for if lost or stolen.


General Objectives:

1. To teach and instill in the cadets the values and principles of good citizenship and patriotism.

2. To develop leadership potential in the cadets, emphasizing the highest standards of responsibility, integrity and respect for authority.

3. To create a learning enviroment for students that will challenge and motivate them to reach their highest potential.


Cadets will be taught the following specific subjects:

1. Military and ROTC History

2. Leadership Development

3. Drill and Ceremonies

4. First Aid, Hygiene and Substance Abuse

5, Oral and Written Communication Skills

6. Rifle Marksmanship and Safety

7. Physical Fitness (Cadet Challenge Program)

8. Land Navigation and Map Reading


Cadets develop a strong sense of belonging, warmth and companionship while enrolled in JROTC. They normally feel right at home at the armory knowing that the instructors care about them and are always there to listen and to help. Cadets usually come to the armory after school to practice, study, or just socialize with their fellow cadets. The Corps of Cadets has a long and proud tradition here and cadets know that as future leaders they are expected to set the example of good behavior. They know they are cadets seven days a week, and misbehavior, on or off campus, will not be tolerated.

Students are expected to be present, attentive, and to participate during class or during drill. Most work can be accomplished during the period so there is normally no homework assignment. Very thorough subject reviews are given prior to each examination. Practical leadership training is accomplished during the drill, inspections, and extracurricular activities.