FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. What is Marine Corps Junior ROTC? People who succeed in business, industry and education have often developed a strong self-discipline, maturity, an ability to lead and motivate others and are well-rounded. Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (MCJROTC) teaches young men and women the kind of self-discipline, self-confidence and leadership skills that can help them successfully meet the challenges of adulthood. MCJROTC Curriculum, instruction and activities are designed to develop the leadership abilities of each student regardless of which career path is followed.
2. Who can join? Eligibility requires students to be of good moral character, willing to work hard, physically fit, be in a grade above 8th grade, and attend a high school with a MCJROTC unit. Additionally, students MUST wear the uniform at least once per week, maintain a regulation haircut, be clean shaven, and uphold the standards of the MCJROTC Program at all times.
3. Can I join MCJROTC if I am also in another activity such as football, band or track? Absolutely. We work with all sponsors on campus to ensure students are able to meet the requirements for all activities they are participating in. Practice times frequently overlap so we ask that our students communicate with us on any schedule conflicts.
4. Are there any benefits to completing two or more years in MCJROTC? Yes! There are many benefits such as increased self-discipline, self-confidence, as well as leadership and team building skills. Additionally, students who choose to join a branch of service after high school are normally guaranteed an automatic promotion to E2 (or higher) upon successful completion of boot camp.
5. Are there scholarship opportunities? Yes. NROTC scholarships are available at more than 50 colleges and universities throughout the country. A successful record in MCJROTC will also reflect favorably on the young man/woman seeking an appointment to any of the United States service academies. Additionally, theAHS MCJROTC Booster Club provides scholarships for qualified seniors.
6. What is the curriculum like for MCJROTC? The curriculum is usually three years in length, but some high schools may have a four year program. It consists of a minimum of (180) hours per year of both classroom and field instruction in a wide variety of subjects. A full range of courses, introductory through advanced, are offered in leadership and the application of leadership techniques. MCJROTC provides instruction in the development of good habits and attitudes, problem-solving techniques, the essential characteristics for success, civic and group leadership and planning to meet the challenges of adult life. Military orientation and organization classes teach Marine Corps customs, courtesies and traditions. Cadets study the Department of Defense and the National Security Organization. There is instruction and participation in basic drill, the Manual of Arms and how to conduct parades and inspections. MCJROTC students study first aid and personal hygiene. Some units offer a course in CPR. Cadets discover plenty of adventure in outdoor living and survival training courses. MCJROTC puts strong emphasis on challenging physical training. There are programs for getting into shape and staying in shape. Nationwide physical fitness competitions are held with male and female groups vying for unit and individual awards. Marksmanship and weapons instruction are offered to those students who receive parental consent. Cadets study the principles of small arms, safety precautions, maintenance and inspection of weapons. Matches both intramural and against other schools are held using air pellet rifles. Finally, many specialized courses of instruction and orientation trips are offered depending upon the particular MCJROTC unit that is attended.
7. What types of activities do students in MCJROTC participate in? Students in MCJROTC participate in a wide variety of activities such as Academic Teams, Drill Teams, Color Guard Teams, Marksmanship Teams, Physical Fitness Teams, and Cyber Security Teams. Students can also advance to become part of the Battalion Staff or could aspire to work in one of the commodity sections such as Admin, Supply, Logistics, or Public Affairs.
8. What type of credit does a student earn for MCJROTC? Students receive (1) elective credit (physical education) for successful completion of one year in the MCJROTC program.
9. What does it cost to join MCJROTC? There is a $10 course fee for each student who enrolls in MCJROTC. However, all uniforms and equipment are provided at no cost. All uniforms MUST be returned when the student leaves the program. Students would only have to pay for uniforms or equipment if they were lost, stolen or damaged due to negligence.
10. What is the weekly routine for MCJROTC? The normal weekly routine is: Monday - Academics, Tuesday – Uniform Wear / Drill, Wednesday & Thursday – Physical Training, Friday – Review/ Assessment. However, this can be modified as the school administration or Senior Marine Insructor (SMI) sees fit.
11. What are practice days/times for MCJROTC? The normal weekly practice schedule is from 1500-1630 as follows:
Monday – Drill & Color Guard / Tuesday - Drill & Color Guard / Wednesday - Tutorials / Thursday - Drill & Color Guard / Friday - TBD
Marksmanship training is at the discretion of the SMI and as required.
*This could be modified based on District/Campus directives and as required due to extenuating circumstances (Example: COVID 19).*
12. Are students who join MCJROTC required to join the military? No, there is no obligation to join the military.
13. What are the regulations/rules for hair? Male and female students are required to keep their hair cut so the cover (hat) fits properly. Refer to the Helpful Documents and Parent Handbook tabs on our website for detailed grooming regulations. Males must have the sides and back tapered from zero to no more than three inches on top. No block cut in the back.
14. Do I have to be a Freshmen to attend New Cadet Orientation? No, the New Cadet Orientation Camp is for ALL new cadets.