R. J. REYNOLDS HIGH SCHOOL
A Character Development and Citizenship Program
The US Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the largest
character development and citizenship programs for youth in the world. As congressionally
mandated by Title 10 United States Code, Section 2031, each military service must have a
JROTC program to “instill in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States,
personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.”
JROTC’s mission, To Motivate Young People to Better Citizens, is the guide post for the
program's success. The Army's JROTC program currently operates in approximately
1,700 public and private high schools, military institutions, and correctional centers
throughout the United States and overseas. Forty percent of JROTC programs are in
inner city schools, serving a student population of fifty percent minorities.
As JROTC students (Cadets) progress through the program, they experience opportunities
to lead other Cadets. A major component of the JROTC leadership and citizenship program
is female Cadets. Female Cadets make up forty percent of the Cadet population.
The JROTC faculty is led by nearly 4,000 Instructors who are retired from active duty 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. Since 2005 Instructors have been using
curriculum accredited by AdvancED to teach and mentor Cadets.