The JROTC program prepares cadets for leadership roles, giving practical lessons that help them develop in to active and engaged learners and leaders. The program promotes academic achievement and leadership development, providing cadets with skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.
The Academy’s JROTC program at Army and Navy Academy consists of four levels of Leadership Education Training (LET) instruction. The JROTC curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education, and is linked to the McREL (instructional leadership resource) national standards. Every lesson and assessment actively engages students’ higher-order thinking and skill performance.
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 a number of other courses designed to help the cadets succeed in high school and after graduation. Cadets wear uniforms every day. Extracurricular activities include: Color Guard, Drill team, and Rifle team competition, Service Learning Projects, and participation in local community events.
The second year of Leadership Education and Training 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.
The third year of Leadership Education and Training provides additional leadership situations. In 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, leader, 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.
The 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 and the annual awards banquet as well as several Leadership camps.