The Leadership Challenge 

The United States of America is endowed with a rich history of great leaders and patriots who hazarded their comfort for a more noble vision based upon freedom, equality, and personal responsibility.  They wrote prophetic letters and documents; they challenged aggressive and systematic oppression; they fought in wars and suffered hardships; and they considered their lives worth much more than food, drink, and clothing.  They cleaved to an unseen reality that would (someday) emancipate slaves, women, children, spiritual fervor, and economic opportunities.

Each generation of America confronts an untiring array of diverse and sundry threats to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Evil persists to destroy the bonds of love, eternal truth, and prosperity; it comes in the form of physical terrorism, economic fraud, and unforeseen calamities. There is no constitutional guarantee in life to succeed and survive against the tide of life’s challenges and adversity.  Although there are countless opportunities to devote our energies to serve our families and communities, we know that human nature is inclined towards laziness, apathy, destructive choices, and excuses for failure.  Great leaders are not born, but develop progressively through increasing stress, responsibility, and sacrifice.  Marine Corps Junior ROTC challenges America’s youth to become future leaders who sacrifice their time, treasure, and talents to benefit themselves and others.

Objectives: Marine Corps Junior ROTC instructors are committed to mentoring cadets to practice discipline, develop a sense of accomplishment, and take ownership to:
  • Cultivate personal leadership and character attributes
  • Value citizenship as responsible, informed, and patriotic Americans
  • Reach their full potential in moral, academic, physical fitness, and emotional life-skills
  • Prepare for future challenges in higher education, civilian careers, and public service.
  • Understand and respect the ideals of Constitutional authority as the foundation of a democratic society and the need for and application of national security
  • Sharpen communications skills in public speaking and leadership tasks
  • Awaken a sense of compassion and humility through community service

Accreditation: The Department of Defense administers and funds the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) according to the provisions of Public Law 88-647 Vitalization Act of 1964.  Instructors are Marines retired from active-duty who are certified by the Commanding General, Training and Education Command, Headquarters Marine Corps (TECOM, HQMC) in Quantico, Virginia.  Additionally, the Program of Instruction (POI) is  nationally accredited by The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).

Training Philosophy: Marine instructors employ a variety of instructional methods and practical application to cultivate cadet leadership on a personal and organizational level; primarily through:
  • Military leadership model that emphasizes respect for authority and the chain of command
  • Personal responsibility for actions, words, and appearance in military uniform(s)
  • Integration of leadership theory with practical application 
  • Application of physical and emotional stress in team and individual leadership events
  • Exposure to challenging life-transforming experiences (leadership camps, competitions)
  • Earning respect of peers and promotion to higher rank, responsibility, and expectations
  • Participating in community service (volunteering) and extra-curricular activities
Benefits: Cadets who enroll in JROTC for 2 or more years exude and celebrate:
  • Greater leadership, communications skills, and courage to confront challenges
  • Confidence to participate and succeed in physical fitness activities
  • Enlisting in the Armed Forces at a higher rank (E-2)
Curriculum: Cadets earn elective credits for graduation and participate daily in JROTC activities during the normal school day (periods 1-9).  Leadership Education (LE) levels are based upon one full-year of enrollment.  Cadets progress and are promoted into the next higher leadership education curriculum based upon satisfying all course requirements and endorsement by the Marine instructor. 
  • LE-I - Freshmen (9): Introduction to MCJROTC and Leadership
  • LE-II - Sophomores (10): Core Competencies of Leadership
  • LE-III - Juniors (11): Intermediate Leadership Studies
  • LE-IV - Seniors (12): Advanced Leadership Concepts and Billets

 Curricular Training Schedule

  •  Classroom Instruction (1-2 class periods per week) - Tuesday and/or Friday
  • Categories of Instruction
    • Leadership
    • Citizenship
    • Personal Growth and Responsibility
    • Career Service and Public Service
    • General Military Subjects (History, Map Reading, First-Aid)
  • Physical Fitness Training (2 class periods per week) - Monday and Wednesday
  • Uniform Day and Inspection (1 day per week) - Thursday

Extra-Curricular Activities

Color Guard                   Perform ceremonies in the community to honor traditions
Community Service                             Volunteer activities that serve the local community

Cyber Patriot                  Computer-Network-Forensics-Systems Competion 
Unarmed Drill Team             Unarmed Drill for local and regional JROTC competitions

Rifle Drill/Armed Exhibition                 Armed Drill for local and regional JROTC competitions

Physical Fitness                Semper Fit Program to promote fitness and healthy lifestyle  
Orienteering                                     Map Reading and Land Navigation races in State Parks
Cadet Birthday Ball                                Traditional Marine Corps Birthday Ball Ceremony
Warriors Night                    Formal meal honoring successful year with traditional antics
Awards Ceremony                               Year-end Awards and Change of Command Parade

Orientation Tours                                 Biennial Trip (6-7 days) to Washington D.C., Florida or Colorado Leadership Seminars                               Focused seminars to develop leadership and esprit de corps
Cadet Leadership Course                      One-week intensive course during summer for rising cadets
Senior Leadership Course                     One-week intensive course for battalion staff (top cadets)
Air Rifle Marksmanship                          Competitive marksmanship program (pending SPPS approval)