JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps)

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    Overview
     
    The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the largest character development and citizenship programs for youth in the world. The National Defense Act of 1916 established organized JROTC programs at public and private educational institutions.  A major goal of the JROTC program is to "instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment." JROTC’s mission, "To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens", is the guide post for the program’s success.

    The U.S. Army’s JROTC program currently operates in more than 1,700 public and private high schools throughout the United States and overseas. As JROTC students (Cadets) progress through the program, they experience opportunities to lead other Cadets. A major component of the JROTC leadership and citizenship program is female Cadets. Female Cadets make up 40% of the Cadet population. The JROTC faculty is led by nearly 4,000 instructors who are retired from active duty, reserve duty, or National Guard Army service. Instructors are trained and qualified in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act 2007 to teach and mentor approximately 314,000 JROTC Cadets annually.  

    Collier County Public Schools currently has 7 Junior ROTC programs with an 8th opening up in the Fall of 2023.  Each of the CCPS JROTC programs is staffed with 2 instructors, and there are between 100 and 150 cadets in each program.  CCPS cadets volunteer close to 20,000 hours each year to their schools and their community.  Those volunteer opportunites have helped many cadets receive Florida Bright Futures Scholarships.

    JROTC is not set up to recruit students into the military, and instructors do not request or expect a military commitment of any kind. There is no service obligation. Nonetheless, many cadets find they enjoy military discipline and structure; it brings out their best and allows them to excel. Some earn appointments to one of the military academies or scholarships to ROTC. Moreover, those who enlist can enter military service at a higher rank and pay grade.

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    The JROTC Curriculum

    Since 2005, the U.S. Army JROTC program has been accredited as a Special Purpose Program by the national accrediting agency known as AdvancED. JROTC curriculum provides equitable and challenging academic content and authentic learning experiences for all Cadets. All lessons are designed using a four part model to motivate the Cadet, allow the Cadet to learn new information, practice competency, and apply the competency to a real-life situation. Moreover, the four part model requires Cadets to collaborate, reflect, develop critical thinking skills, and integrate content with other disciplines. JROTC curriculum includes lessons in leadership, health and wellness, physical fitness, first-aid, geography, American history and government, communications, and emotional intelligence. 

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    College Opportunities

    Over the years, Collier JROTC programs have helped students earn millions of dollars in military related scholarships to federal academies and college/university ROTC programs  Students also receive GI bill scholarships when they enlist into the military.

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     JROTC Co-Curricular Activities

    Cadets participate in a myriad of co-curricular activities to demonstrate their attainment of lesson outcomes. Some of these activities include precision and exhibition military drill competitions, Color Guard support for a variety of school and community events, air rifle competitions, Raider Challenge competitions, JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB), Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Camp, and an adventure focused summer camp known as JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC). Cadets who complete 4 years of JROTC co-curricular activities and its challenging curriculum will be more college and/or career ready.

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    JROTC Program & Instructor Contact Information

    JROTC PROGRAM

    SENIOR ARMY INSTRUCTOR

    ARMY INSTRUCTOR

    Barron Collier

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    MAJ Rubén L. González

    Gonzalru@collierschools.com

    239-377-1226

    CW4 Hipolito Medina

    Medinh@collierschools.com

    239-377-1241

    Golden Gate

    Golden Gate

    COL Ian Falk

    Falke@collierschools.com

    239-377-1626

    1SG Craig DeJager

    Dejagc@collierschools.com

    239-377-5385

    Gulf Coast

    Gulf Coast

    VACANT

    SSG Robert J. Hunter

    Hunter@collierschools.com

    239-377-1426

    Immokalee

    Immokalee

    LTC Kerrye Glass

    Glassk@collierschools.com

    239-377-1859

    CSM Manual Portes

    Portesma@collierschools.com

    239-377-1859

    Lely

    Lely

    CW4 Michael Harp

    Harpm@collierschools.com

    239-377-4253

    MSG Laureano Santiago

    Santiala@collierschools.com

    239-377-2051

    Naples

    Naples

    LTC Paul Garrah

    Garrahpa@collierschools.com

    239-377-2226

    MSG Dale Eaton

    Eatonj1@collierschools.com

    239-377-2296

     Palmetto Ridge

    Palmetto Ridge

    MAJ John Sarnecky

    Sarnecjo@collierschools.com

    239-377-2444

     

    SFC James Washington

    Washinja@collierschools.com

    239-377-2445

     

     

  • For more information, please contact Mrs. Mikie Stroh, M.Ed., Coordinator, K-12 Social Studies/JROTC Curriculum & Instruction / Strohm@collierschools.com / 239-377-0096

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