Introduction: The Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps Program (JROTC) is a nationally accredited program designed to teach high school students the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment, while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline. Each lesson plan is incorporated into Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL) standards and linked to the state’s standards of education. The JROTC Program of instruction includes 720 hours of classroom instruction in a four year high school career (180 hours per year).
The program’s focus is reflected in its mission statement, “To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens.” It prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. 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.
Course Scope: This program of instruction (POI) focuses on the development of better citizens by building skills in leadership, citizenship, life success, geography, and wellness, in a structured interactive environment. The JROTC program is a cooperative effort on the part of the Army and the host institution to provide secondary school students with opportunities for total development. The flexibility of the program allows it to bear the scrutiny of professional educators and to meet the needs of the community. Satisfactory completion of the program can lead to advanced placement credit in the Senior ROTC program (College) or advanced rank in the Armed Forces (higher pay at entry). Several components of the course have been identified for college credit that is awarded to cadets upon successful completion of the specified requirements.
National Standards: The JROTC curriculum fully or partially addresses a number of the McREL academic standards: Citizenship, Civics, Economics, Geography, Health, Language Arts, Life Skills, Life Work, Physical Education, Self-Regulation, Thinking and Reasoning, US History, and Working with Others.
Course Assessment: Because the JROTC curriculum is performance based, it requires that cadet’s master the competencies so that they can do the skills, apply the knowledge, and model or exhibit behaviors representing the desired attitudes. To help instructors and cadets determine when cadets have reached proficiency, each competency is defined by a set of performance standards. The performance standards include conditions for assessment ( a statement describing what the cadets must do to show proficiency) and criteria (specifications that describe the quality of a proficient performance).
The JROTC curriculum uses a balanced assessment approach to assessing learning. Three different types of assessments are used:
- Traditional assessments focus on fundamental curriculum knowledge through the use of classroom assessments, assignments, tests, quizzes, and standardized tests.
- Cadet portfolios focus on process, product and growth. Key features are reflection, goal setting, emotional intelligence, academic growth over time, and self-evaluation.
- Performance assessments focus on standards, competency, application and transfer of knowledge. Cadets document mastery of the competencies by completing performance assessment tasks included in the student learning plans, or by completing an adaptation of the assessment task developed by the instructor.
- Successful completion of 8th grade
- For Leadership, Education, and Training (LET) levels 2 -4, successful completion of previous LET programs are required.
Course Length: The course length is normally four years at a traditional high school (grades 9 – 12). A student may use any of the four Leadership, Education, and Training (LET) level courses of instruction for elective credit or as the mandatory physical educational requirement.
Courses offered: (each course is worth 1 credit as an elective or LET I/PE can be used to meet the state mandated ½ credit physical education requirement).
- LET I - Foundations for success (580240) (9-12 grade)
- LET I – Physical Education (PE) (580240-1) (9-12 grade)
- LET II -Wellness, fitness and first aid(580241) (10-12 grade)
- LET III -Citizenship/civics (580242) (11-12 grade)
- LET III -Citizenship application/teaching skills (580242-1) (11-12 grade)
- LET III -Command and staff principles (580242-2) (11-12 grade)
- LET IV -Leadership theory and application(580243) (12 grade)
- LET IV -Leadership theoryapplication/teaching skills (580243-1)(12 grade)
- LET IV -Command and staff principles (580243-2) (12 grade)