J.R.O.T.C.

(JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS)

 

WHAT IS  JROTC ?

J.R.O.T.C. ( Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps) is a four-year academic program.  It is an elective course with one full credit that provides interesting classroom instruction and the opportunity to serve the school and community, participate in extracurricular activities, enjoy active social programs, and learn leadership responsibilities. J.R.O.T.C. is a different kind of course that is both interesting and fun.  Those in the J.R.O.T.C. program at Collinwood High School know that the program is not just for those wishing to go into the military, but also for those who are interested in being motivated to become better citizens.  Discipline is essential in all walks of life, as is responsibility and duty.  All can benefit from the life skills taught in J.R.O.T.C. program.  A student enrolling in this course DOES NOT have to join the armed services after high school.  There is absolutely no obligation of any kind.  Most students in the program have no interest in going into the military after graduation.  For those who are interested in joining the military, however, there are some very real benefits toward furthering this pursuit.  

 

WHAT LESSONS ARE TAUGHT IN JROTC?

The lessons covered in J.R.O.T.C. vary throughout the year, with short segments on a variety of topics related to leadership, the armed forces, and the nation. The academic classes, called LET-1 through LET-4, or Leadership, Education and Training, include classroom instruction on leadership, management, American history, citizenship, map reading, drug and alcohol awareness/prevention and first aid. 

 

WHAT EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES INVOLVE JROTC?

The extra-curricular activities include color guard, drill team, marksmanship team, and saber team.  Each team competes in various competitions. 

 

WHAT BENEFITS CAN I GAIN FROM THE PROGRAM? 

Each of the military branches awards up to two pay-grade, (two-rank), advanced standing for those who enlist after having successfully completed J.R.O.T.C. courses in high school.  Many colleges give advanced standing and credit for the completion of the J.R.O.T.C. program to students who enroll in college J.R.O.T.C.  In terms of full scholarships and Service Academy appointments, J.R.O.T.C. instructors have been very successful each year in helping high school students obtain both.  Scholarships worth up to $50,000.00 each, and Service Academy appointments worth up to $200,000.00 each are awarded to qualified high school students annually.  Some of the social benefits of the program includes the annual Military Ball hosted by Collinwood and coordinated by cadets.    The ball includes dining, dancing, and socializing.  The customary souvenir received by guest is a glass commemorating the year and theme of the ball.  Cadets are surrounded by people who are motivated to reach their goals and are offered a plethora of leadership opportunities.    

 

DO I ENROLL IN THE PROGRAM? 

You have to be at least 14 years of age by the end of the first semester of high school to enroll in the J.R.O.T.C. program.  Once you are 14, simply list J.R.O.T.C. on your course selection form.  If you need more information, see your high school counselor or one of the high school J.R.O.T.C. instructors at Collinwood Computech Senior High.  Leadership positions are available to all students regardless of gender.  A custom uniform is provided at no cost to the student.  The students are required to wear the uniform once a week on the school's designated uniform day, which is usually on Thursdays.       

 

For more information call (216) 268-6075 or fax (216) 268-6056.