8TH Graders: are you interested in Armed Forces? Do you enjoy Military Lifestyle? Then while you prepare for high school, you should consider joining JROTC.
What is JROTC?
JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp) is a free high school course given during regular school hours but includes many after-school or before-school activities.
What is the Purpose of JROTC?
To help "Motivate Young People to be better citizens". This program is designed to help with boosting self-esteem, encourage leadership skills, better performance in school and all-around, stay fit physically as well as mentally healthy, strengthen communications skills, and help young people to work cooperatively as a team.
What are the Benefits of JROTC?
Aside from meeting specific graduation needs (earning elective credits and the performance art credit). Students gain volunteer experience, establish relationships, maintain physical well-being, and develop respectful ethical and core values that will benefit their future opportunities.
There are different levels of JROTC in high school; LET I, LET II, LET III, and LET IV. Each level progresses with the student as they grow in high school.
If you are interested in the JROTC program, please inform your school guidance counselor. It is important to add this course to your 9th-grade elective sheet.
JROTC is offered at the following Brevard County Schools:
Astronaut High School
Bayside High School
Cocoa High School
Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High School
Eau Gallie High School
Heritage High School
Merritt Island High School
Palm Bay Magnet High School
Rockledge High School
Satellite High School
Space Coast Jr/Sr High School
Titusville High School
Viera High School
Do you want me to explain the LETS?
LET I -- The mission of Leadership Education and Training (LET) is to motivate first-year JROTC cadets to be better citizens. To accomplish this purpose, the text discusses citizenship, leadership, and several other courses designed to help cadets succeed in high school and after graduation. Cadets wear uniforms one time each week. Extracurricular activities include: Providing color guards, eating at concession stands, participating in community parades, and drill and rifle teams.
LET II -- The second year of Leadership Education and Training provides more details about leadership situations. The program is split into units including Techniques of Communication, Leadership, Cadet Challenge, Leadership Lab, First Aid, Map Reading, History, Your American Citizenship, Career Opportunities, and Role of the U.S. Army. The wearing of the uniform and extracurricular activities are the same as for LET I.
LET III -- The third year of Leadership Education and Training provides still more leadership situations. This year students will not only be more involved as teachers and leaders within the cadet battalion, but they will also do more independent studies in the areas of communication, leadership, first aid, history, map reading, career opportunities, and technology awareness. The wearing of the uniform and the extracurricular activities are the same as for LET I.
LET IV --Fourth-year cadets are responsible for the daily cadet administration and perform as commanders and staff officers. They act as assistant instructors in some subject areas for other JROTC classes. They continue to develop their leadership skills and plan special unit events such as the military ball or the annual awards banquet.