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JROTC

Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps

The Wake County Public School System is proud to offer five JROTC programs. General programatic information can be accessed by clicking the branch emblems (Air Force, Army, and Navy). Specific information for each unit can be accessed by clicking on the school's name.

Air Force (AFJROTC)

The mission of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Course (AFJROTC) program is to “develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.” The AFJROTC is designed as a four-year program. Although participation in the entire program is encouraged, students may take one to four years if desired.

A special partnership exists between AFJROTC and the Healthful Living department to provide students with their Healthful Living credit needed for graduation. To receive the Healthful Living credit required for graduation, students must successfully complete both Air Force JROTC/Healthful Living I and Air Force JROTC/Healthful Living II. The AFJROTC and Healthful Living departments deliver these courses through a collaborative team teaching approach. Classes meet with the same frequency as other full-credit classes.

Regulation Air Force uniforms are issued free of charge and are worn once each week and for appropriate cadet functions. Trips to various military facilities are taken throughout the year to observe military operations first hand. Supervised orientation flights aboard military aircraft are offered when available from supporting military bases. The cadet corps color guard and drill teams compete against other JROTC units throughout the state and perform at school and community events. Returning cadets are offered an opportunity to attend a Summer Cadet Officer Leadership School. Corps’ activities and class work are designed to build camaraderie among the cadets. Students are given the opportunity to build on their social and leadership skills in a variety of challenging and enjoyable activities.

No military service obligation results from participation in the AFJROTC program. Further, the AFJROTC program is not a recruiting platform for the U. S. Military Services. However, upon graduation, students with two or three years of AFJROTC, and who are otherwise qualified, may enlist in a branch of the military with advanced rank and pay. Students going on to college may qualify for three and four-year senior ROTC college scholarships, which pay for all tuition, fees and books, in addition to a tax-free stipend of $300.00 each month for the scholarship holder.

Army (AJROTC)

Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Courses (AJROTC) at Wake Forest-Rolesville High School and Millbrook High School are designed as four-year programs. Participation is voluntary and cadets may choose to take an AJROTC course each semester or selectively as long as the prerequisite courses have been previously completed or permission of the Senior Army Instructor (SAI) is granted.

A special partnership exists between AJROTC and the Healthful Living department to provide students with their Healthful Living credit needed for graduation. To receive the Healthful Living credit required for graduation, students must successfully complete both Army JROTC/Healthful Living I and Army JROTC/Healthful Living II. The AJROTC and Healthful Living departments deliver these courses through a collaborative team teaching approach.

AJROTC courses beyond level I are identified as advanced electives under the North Carolina Academic Scholars Program. AJROTC classes are challenging, active, and fun (especially Ballroom Dancing instruction). The goal of the program is to prepare students to be good citizens and leaders. Classes meet one period daily and each course includes instruction on drill and physical fitness. The academic, drill, and physical fitness components of the curriculum are prepared by the U. S. Army and textbooks are provided through the Commander, U.S. Army Cadet Command (USACC). The Army provides textbooks and uniforms to each student free of charge. The uniforms must be worn once per week at a minimum and to other appropriate cadet functions as designated by the SAI. All students are required to complete an annual health screening questionnaire and to have an annual Wake County Sports Physical no later than September 1st each school year. All AJROTC courses have time during class devoted to drill and physical training. Trips to various military facilities provide a look at military personnel, equipment, training, and activities

Navy (NJROTC)

Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Course (NJROTC) is designed as a four-year program. Participation is voluntary and cadets may choose to take a NJROTC course each semester or selectively as long as the prerequisite courses have been previously completed or permission of the NJROTC instructor is granted.

A special partnership exists between NJROTC and the Healthful Living department to provide students with their Healthful Living credit needed for graduation. To receive the Healthful Living credit required for graduation, students must successfully complete both Naval Science/Healthful Living I and Naval Science/Healthful Living II. The NJROTC and Healthful Living departments deliver these courses through a collaborative team teaching approach.

NJROTC courses beyond level I are identified as advanced electives under the North Carolina Academic Scholars Program. NJROTC classes are challenging, active, and fun. The goal of the program is to prepare students to be good citizens and leaders. Classes meet one period daily and each course includes instruction on drill and physical fitness. The academic, drill, and physical fitness components of the curriculum are prepared by the U. S. Navy and textbooks are provided through the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET). The Navy provides textbooks and uniforms to each student free of charge. The uniforms must be worn once per week at a minimum and to other appropriate cadet functions as designated by the SNSI. All students are required to complete an annual health screening questionnaire and to have an annual Wake County Sports Physical no later than September 1st each school year. All NJROTC courses have time during class devoted to drill and physical training. Trips to various military facilities provide a look at military personnel, equipment, training, and activities. Naval Junior ROTC is a complete program and offers a variety of co-circular competitive and non-competitive activities. The unit performs school, community, and unit service as well as performing in parades and in color guards at school and in the community. The unit also sponsors voluntary, competitive, co-curricular teams in Academics, Color Guard, Drill, Field Team, Marksmanship (sport and precision division), Orienteering, and Physical Fitness. Cadets have opportunities annually to attend various summer camps to build their professional knowledge and enhance their skill. The co-curricular activities are designed to build camaraderie and a sense of belonging among the cadets and provide them opportunities to build their social and leadership skills in a variety of enjoyable and challenging activities. Cadets earn merit ribbons, medals and promotions based on their in class performance, co-curricular participation, and displayed followership and leadership. Superior participation in the co-curricular activities may result in earning a Cary High School Letter. Students who have participated in NJROTC for one or more semesters, and who are committed to returning to another NJROTC course the following, semester may wear the uniform weekly (all day on uniform day and participation in other required events, inspections, parades etc.) and remain eligible during the off semester for NJROTC extra curricular activities. No military service obligation is incurred as a result of NJROTC participation. There are, however, some significant benefits, which cadets can earn through participation and demonstrated success in NJROTC. These include advanced rank for enlistment, nominations for college ROTC scholarships, and nominations to the Military Academies.