What is JROTC?

  • The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Program emphasizes character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, citizenship, service to the community and diversity. Its focus is reflected in its mission "To motivate young people to be better citizens." It prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while fostering a more constructive and disciplined learning environment. As a result, the attributes of self-discipline, teamwork, self-confidence, responsiveness to constituted authority and patriotism are developed. JROTC Levels I, II, III and IV Honors Curriculums (with appropriate .5 quality points) have been added to all ֶƵJROTC Programs. Integrated-curricular activities include drill teams, rifle teams, adventure training teams, athletic/orienteering/academic competitions, community parades, summer camps and field trips to Service installations and national historic sites. Each cadet is issued a uniform, earns leadership promotions and has the opportunity to exercise command. The Services furnish uniforms, textbooks, and training materials at no cost to the student. There is no military obligation as a result of participation in JROTC. Last year's ֶƵJROTC students achieved a 99% on-time graduation rate and received $16 million in scholarships and appointments to Service Academies.

    ֶƵJROTC Curriculum

    East Mecklenburg, Independence, North Mecklenburg, and West Mecklenburg

    AEROSPACE SCIENCE I, II, III, & IV

    Includes instruction in Air Force history, weather, principles of flight, global and cultural studies, space exploration, astronomy, military organizations, leadership, character education, communication skills, health and wellness, and military drill. Students in the Air Force JROTC program have increased opportunities for appointment to the Air Force Academy and ROTC scholarships. Each level in the courses continues the previous subjects and increases opportunities for leadership development.

    Prerequisite: Be in the 9th grade or above, have good moral character, be physically fit, and have Senior Air Science Instructor approval. Levels II, III, and IV require the successful completion of the previous levels and Senior Air Science Instructor approval.

    Berry Academy, Butler, Garinger, Hawthorne, Harding, Hopewell, Hough, Mallard Creek, Myers Park, Olympic, Rocky River, West Charlotte.

    MILITARY SCIENCE I, II, III & IV

    Includes instruction in Army history, leadership and managerial skills, geography, character development, effective communication skills, goal setting and time management, global and cultural studies, military drills and ceremonies. Students in the Army JROTC program have increased opportunities for Service Academy appointments and ROTC scholarships. Each level in the courses offers a continuation of previous subjects and increased opportunities for leadership development in the art of decision-making and problem-solving.

    Prerequisite: Be in the 9th grade or above, have good moral character, be physically fit, and have Senior Army Instructor approval. Levels II, III, and IV require the successful completion of the previous levels and Senior Army Instructor approval.

    Providence, South Mecklenburg

    NAVAL SCIENCE I, II, III & IV

    Includes academic instruction in leadership, citizenship, college preparation, Maritime geography and history, military justice, international law, sea power and national security, Naval Operations and skills, ethics and personal finances. The military portion focuses on additional military orientation subjects, basic drills, uniform inspections, and military bearing and courtesies. Students also participate in various team-building and fitness programs during class. Each level in the courses continues the previous subjects and increases opportunities for leadership development.

    Prerequisite: Be in the 9th grade or above, have good moral character, a desire to learn, and Senior Naval Science Instructor approval. Level II, III, and IV require the successful completion of the previous levels and Senior Naval Science Instructor approval.

    Ardrey Kell

    MCJROTC I, II, III & IV

    Includes instruction in Marine Corps history, customs and courtesies, national security, military organization, physical fitness, drill and ceremonies, and land navigation while stressing leadership, character development, and civic responsibility. Students in the MCJROTC Program have increased opportunities for ROTC scholarships and Service academy appointments. Each level in the program offers a continuation of the previous subjects and greater opportunities to develop and practice leadership skills.

    Prerequisite: Be in the 9th grade or above, have good moral character, a desire to learn, and

    Senior Marine Instructor approval. Level II, III, and IV require the successful completion of the previous levels and Senior Marine Instructor approval.

    ֶƵJROTC Honors

    Ardrey Kell, Berry Academy, Butler, Chambers, East Mecklenburg, Garinger, Hawthorne,

    Harding, Hopewell, Hough, Independence, Mallard Creek, Myers Park, North Mecklenburg,

    Rocky River, Olympic, Providence, South Mecklenburg, West Charlotte, and West Mecklenburg

    ֶƵJROTC HONORS I, II, III & IV

    Honors curriculum builds upon JROTC I, II, and III Leadership and Management courses. An Honor's activity is required in each ֶƵJROTC Honors courses (Levels I-IV) and the core JROTC coursework. The purpose of the activity is to provide cadets with the opportunity to do interesting and meaningful work using the academic knowledge and skills gained through JROTC and other high school experiences. Activity options include completing a research paper (approved topic) or a project (JROTC Book

    Study, AFA CyberPatriot Program, JROTC Remote Pilot Program, JROTC Robotics, or other approved topic). Each activity also requires a portfolio and a presentation.

    Prerequisites: Approval by the Senior Service Instructor.

    JROTC LEADERSHIP LAB I, II, III & IV

    Ardrey Kell, Berry Academy, Butler, Chambers, East Mecklenburg, Garinger, Hawthorne, Harding, Hopewell, Hough, Independence, Mallard Creek, Myers Park, North Mecklenburg, Olympic, Providence, South Mecklenburg, Rocky River, West Charlotte, West Mecklenburg.

    Provides instruction in a field and laboratory environment designed to develop leadership, managerial and character education skills through team-building exercises, staff work, role modeling, field training exercises and service-learning projects. Each level is more advanced, challenging and requires higher skill levels for mastery.

    Prerequisites: AJROTC, AFJROTC, MCJROTC, NJROTC. Senior Instructor approval, 9th,10th, 11th, 12th grade

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