Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)
The purpose of JROTC is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. The JROTC units in our schools provide a wide variety of educational experiences for our cadets covering topics ranging from service-specific subjects to healthy lifestyles, financial management, government, history, and natural sciences. The common theme in all units is the emphasis on leadership development and citizenship. Other unit activities include competition in drill, orienteering, academics, and athletics, plus field trips and community service. In Mississippi JROTC can serve as a substitute for the physical education and health education graduation requirements.
Due to budget limitations, the military services are currently very limited in their ability to expand the JROTC program to additional schools. The National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) program provides qualifying schools the opportunity to conduct a course of instruction similar to JROTC. The NDCC program is modeled after JROTC, with the principal exception being the host school is responsible for the primary funding for the program to include instructor salaries and other operational expenses. The military services provide the JROTC curriculum materials for use by NDCC units and the forms and regulations required to conduct the program.
Information regarding each of the four military JROTC programs, including procedures for requesting establishment of a JROTC unit or a NDCC unit, can be found on the military service JROTC web sites:
There are 81 JROTC units and 5 NDCC units in Mississippi, with 2 more Marine Corps NDCC units in the process of forming up. For unit contact information for the 50 Army JROTC units and 3 NDCC units, 17 Air Force JROTC units, 11 Navy JROTC units and 1 NDCC unit, and 3 Marine Corps JROTC units and 1 NDCC unit in Mississippi, click on the appropriate link.