The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the largest character development and citizenship programs for youth in the world. The National Defense Act of 1916 established organized JROTC programs at public and private educational institutions. As congressionally mandated by Title 10 United States Code, Section 2031, each military service must have a JROTC program to “instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” JROTC’s mission, “To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens”, is the guide post for the program’s success.
The U.S. Army’s JROTC program currently operates in more than 1,700 public and private high schools, military institutions, and correctional centers throughout the United States and overseas. The JROTC faculty is led by nearly 4,000 instructors who are retired from active duty, reserve duty, or National Guard Army service. Instructors are trained and qualified in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act 2007 to teach and mentor approximately 314,000 JROTC Cadets annually. Our instructors are retired United States Army Veterans, each with an average of more than 20 years of military experience. They are experienced educators, they are NOT military recruiters.
As you can see from the national statistics, JROTC is one of the most successful and significantly impactful youth-oriented programs in American history.
3rd Battalion specifically has not only grown in size, but our strength as a Battalion has improved significantly. We received the highest score on the 2018 JPA inspection in the brigade and one of the highest scores in the region, with a 99 percent. Our Cadet Staff works to ensure the Battalion's success on a regular basis. Many Cadets in the program are driven and want to not only improve themselves as individuals and Cadets, but want to contribute to the success of the program. Our teams, including Raiders, Armed Drill, Color Guard, Freshman Drill, and Marksmanship allow Cadets to build skills including dedication, persistence, commitment, collaboration, leadership, and followership. Our marksmanship team is one of the best in the nation, and consistently place in competitions that they participate in. Throughout the entire program, Cadets continuously work to be their best selves and exercise discipline. 3rd Battalion is not perfect, however we continue to grow stronger.