- JROTC Background
- Mission and Purpose
- JROTC Curriculum
- Cadet Creed
- Program Achievements
- U.S. Codes and Regulations
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is the Department of Defense's (DOD) largest youth development program.
JROTC serves as a character and leadership development program for our nation’s high school students. High school students enrolled in JROTC are called “Cadets.” There are approximately 314,000 Cadets enrolled in JROTC in over 1,700 high schools, led by 4,000 retired Army Instructors.
Our vision: Providing a quality citizenship, character, and leadership development program, while fostering partnerships with the community.
The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. It is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Army and the high schools to produce successful students and citizens, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning environment.
"To motivate young people to be better citizens."
Our Purpose: Our curriculum 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.
Co-Curricular Activities: Cadets participate in a myriad of co-curricular activities to demonstrate their attainment of lesson outcomes. Some of these activities include precision and exhibition military drill competitions, air rifle competitions (optional), Raider Challenge competitions, JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Camp, and a physical fitness competition known as JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC). Cadets who complete 4 years of JROTC co-curricular activities and its challenging curriculum will be more college and/or career ready.
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.
Every learning experience in the curriculum addresses Core Abilities, Program Outcomes, and Course Competencies; building on their developing skills and abilities, which are critical to success in high school and post-secondary career.
Core Abilities describe the broad, life-long skills that every Cadet needs for success in future life and career endeavors. The core abilities are a result of the goals and values that drive the JROTC program and are built upon the program’s four years through integrating various lesson competencies and skills throughout the JROTC curriculum. The Core Abilities are:
- Apply critical thinking techniques
- Build your capacity for life-long learning
- Communicate using verbal, non-verbal, visual, and written techniques
- Do your share as a good citizen in your school, community, country, and the world
- Take responsibility for your actions and choices
- Treat self and others with respect
Program outcomes describe what JROTC Cadets will know and be able to do upon successful completion of the JROTC program. These outcomes also provide documentation for growth and development of the student and program for re-accreditation purposes, school visitors, parents, and the community. As Cadets complete each LET, their journey toward program outcomes will occur; each program outcome is linked to every LET lesson in the curriculum. Evidence of learning can be witnessed through a Cadet’s Portfolio, which will showcase continued development of program outcomes. The JROTC Program Outcomes are:
- Act with integrity and personal accountability as you lead others to succeed in a diverse and global workforce
- Engage in civic and social concerns in the community, government, and society
- Graduate prepared to succeed in post-secondary options and career pathways
- Make decisions that promote positive social, emotional, and physical health
- Value the role of the military and other service organizations
Competencies describe discipline-specific measurable and observable skills, knowledge, and attitudes. They are targeted in each lesson of the curriculum. Performance standards (criteria and conditions) provide the specifications for assessing mastery of a competency. Cadets show they have learned competencies by applying them in the completion of assessment tasks that require them to do one or more of the following:
- Make a decision
- Perform a skill
- Perform a service
- Solve a problem
- Create a product
Awarded the Honor Unit with Distinction since 1995
The Trojan Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps has earned a top score in a rigorous inspection by the United States Army Cadet Command. The unit must achieve above a 98 percent score required to earn the Honor Unit With Distinction designation. Less than 10 percent of all high school JROTC programs throughout the country qualify for the Honor Unit With Distinction level. The comprehensive evaluation included a cadet-led Command Staff briefing, personal appearance inspection of the cadet corps, demonstrations of basic knowledge of JROTC subjects, and a drill and ceremonies evaluation. The Honor Unit With Distinction awarded is signified by the Gold Star, which is worn above the right pocket.
Marksmanship Team Achievements
Sporter Air Rifle
- 2017 National (Western) JROTC Army Service AR Champions (Sporter)
- 2016 National Rifle Association Standing Sporter AR National Record
- 2015, 2014, 2013 Civilian Marksmanship Program 3P Air 3x10 Sporter National Record
- 2015, 2016 NRA Sectionals Sporter Standing AR National Champions
- 2015 National Junior Olympic Championship 3PAR Silver Medal
- 2014, 2017 U.S. Army Junior National Championship 3PAR Silver Medal
- 2014, 2015, 2016 NRA Colorado Sectional 3P (Sporter) Air Rifle Champions
- 2013, 2014, 2016 Rocky Mountain Regional CMP Cup Champions
- 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Colorado State JROTC AR State Champions
- 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 CMP Colorado AR State Champions
- 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 CMP Colorado Junior Olympic AR Champions
- 2014, 2015, 2016 CMP Home of Heroes Champions
Precision Air Rifle
- 2019 US Army JROTC Service AR Champions
- 2017, 2020 National (Western) JROTC Army Service AR Champions (Precision)
- 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 National AR Championship Qualifier
- 2016 JROTC National Championship AR Qualifier
- 2012, 2013, 2014 U.S. Army Colorado Junior State AR Champions
- 2017, 2018 Colorado JROTC and CMP State Precision AR Champions
Drill Team Achievements
- 2022, 2019 USACC National Qualifiers
- 2022 4th Place Color Guard - Rocky Mountain Nationals
- 2021 Colorado State Drill Champions
- 2018 2nd Place Unarmed Drill Team - Rocky MTN Regionals
- 2018, 2015 1st Place Color Guard - Rocky MTN Regionals
- 2018, 2015 1st Place Regulation - Rocky MTN Regionals
- 2018, 2015 1st Place 2 Man Exhibition - Rocky MTN Regionals
- 2018, 2015 1st Place 1 Man Exhibition - Rocky MTN Regionals
- 2015 1st Place 4 Man Exhibition - Rocky MTN Regionals
Raider Team Achievements
- 2022 National JROTC Fitness Championships - Runner Up
- 2022 Kit Carson Raider Challenge - Runner Up
Cyberpatriot Team Achievements
- 2014-15 2nd place Cyberpatriot Gold Tier All Service Category
- 2015-16 2nd place Cyberpatriot Open and All Service Division State Competition
- 2017, 2020 1st Place Cyberpatriot Service Gold Tier All Service Category
JLAB Leadership and Academics Team Achievements
- 2020 National Qualifiers
U.S. Codes and Regulations
The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Program is one of the largest youth leadership focused programs in the history of the United States. It is mandated by Congress, and more than 310,000 youth participate annually.
There are several guidelines as listed here that assist the United States Army Cadet Command in administering the program. Title 10, U.S. Code, the DODI, AR 145-2, and other regulatory guidelines provide the program’s purpose, goals, criteria, and mandates as applicable to Cadets/students, instructors, units, and the inter-relationship of each. They outline the administration, curriculum, training, logistics, operations, and resources associated with the program, and establish a baseline of goals and objectives that support the mission, “To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens”.
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Cadet Boards Purpose
This area is provided to inform cadets of the topics and processes for the monthly cadet boards. Each month, cadets appear in front of a promotion board or Cadet of the Month board consisting of senior leaders and a supervising instructor. This process prepares the cadet for post secondary employment.
MEMORANDUM OF INSTRUCTION (MOI)
SUBJECT: Promotion and Cadet of the Month Boards
1. The Promotion and Cadet of the Month Board will be conducted monthly with the dates to be announced each month. Promotion Boards will take place in the JROTC pod conference room during class and the Cadet of the Month will take place in the JROTC pod conference room after school. Cadets attending the promotion board will report during class and cadets attending the cadet of the month board will report after school.
2. The uniform for the Promotion Board and Cadet of the Month board attendees and board members will be the Army Cadet Service Uniform(ACSU) Class A/B with all awards and decorations worn in accordance with AR 670-1 and CCR 145-2
3. Board members will submit their questions to the instructors according to their topic area of questions as indicated below. Competing cadets can prepare by reviewing these topics in the JROTC Student Pack or by clicking the direct links below.
d. Academic Questions from the year, request questions from the instructor group.
4. Promotion Boards: Promotion Boards will be conducted at a Company Level during class. Once promotion boards are completed the cadets who passed the board will be promoted prior to being dismissed from the board. The recorder will ensure that the new rank is updated in JUMS.
5. Cadet of the Month Boards: Board Members are selected each month from the Company level of leadership. The leaders will consist of a panel of Commissioned or Noncommissioned Officers who will evaluate each participant on their appearance, knowledge, bearing and courtesy. The Cadet from each LET Level with the highest overall score will be selected as the Cadet of the Month. Those who were selected as Cadet of the Month will compete in April for the Cadet of the Year. Cadet of the Month winners earn a certificate of achievement, the Cadet of the Month ribbon and arc pin, and the Cadet of the Month cord. The Cadet of the Year is presented the Warrent Officers Association Medal, Cadet of the Year arc pin and ribbon, the Cadet of the Year cord, and a promotion.
6. Commanders will email the Promotion Board Worksheets to the S1 to be entered into the Board Tracker using this link. Promotion Board worksheets are due by October 14th.
7. A board video is provided for review by accessing this link: https://youtu.be/T_oEYo8fO6w
8. The point of contact for this memorandum is the Command Sergeant Major of the Cadet Battalion.