Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is sponsored by the United States Armed Forces in high schools across the country. The program was originally created as part of the National Defense Act of 1916 and later expanded under the 1964 ROTC Vitalization Act. Its purpose is “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.“
In addition, declared objectives for each cadet also include: developing good citizenship and patriotism, self-reliance, leadership, and responsiveness to constituted authority, improving the ability to communicate well both orally and in writing, developing an appreciation of the importance of physical fitness, increasing a respect for the role of the U.S. Armed Forces in support of national objectives, and developing a knowledge of team building skills and basic military skills.
The Dallas Council recognizes excellence in local Dallas area high school programs during separate awards ceremonies, giving out awards for military excellence, academics, and citizenship, in addition to the standard awards given by the JROTC program.
To learn more, visit http://www.njrotc.navy.mil.