This is the home page for the Buchanan County Army JROTC program.
Here, you can check out what is new, check out some pictures of our past events on the photo page, and find out a little more about our program. This site is here to inform and keep you up to date with Buchanan County’s JROTC program.
Buchanan County JROTC program has existed for over twenty years. This is a character development program and builds successful leaders for the future. Never deviating from the JROTC mission ("To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens"), the Buchanan County JROTC program strives to help lead young people down the path of success and open doors of opportunity for those willing to put forth the effort of commitment.
Buchanan County JROTC Mission
JROTC instructors encourage and implement cadet leadership opportunities, allowing for direct peer-to-peer leadership. This style sends the message that students are willing, involved, and influences others to do the right thing. JROTC is a cadet lead program and requires teamwork to be successful.
Each lesson benefits the whole student and prepares them for the tedious but conquerable life ahead. For example, cadets receive life skills training in first aid, etiquette and resume writing. Here, success begins in the JROTC program.
The Army JROTC Mission
"To Motivate Young People to Be Better Citizens"
Buchanan County JROTC Mission
To motivate high school students and teach them the value of citizenship, leadership, service to community, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment while instilling in them self-esteem, teamwork and self-discipline.
The Buchanan County Army JROTC Program Goals are:
- Cadets graduate from high school with a life plan.
- Be good Citizens by knowing and exercising the rights, responsibilities, privileges and freedoms of good citizenship.
- Gain leadership potential and the ability to live and work cooperatively with others;
- Demonstrate leadership in situations involving conflict resolution.
- Achieve positive self-esteem and winning behavioral concepts in a culturally diverse society.
- Learn the ability to think logically and to communicate effectively,
with emphasis on effective written and oral communication.
- Learn the importance of diet and physical fitness in maintaining good health and appearance.
- Gain an understanding of the history, purpose, and structure of Army JROTC.
- Acquire proficiency in drill and ceremonies, first aid, map reading,
and effectively working as part of a team.
United States Army JROTC History
The United States Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) came into being with the passage of the National Defense Act of 1916. Under the provisions of the Act, high schools were authorized the loan of federal military equipment and the assignment of active duty military personnel as instructors. In 1964, the Vitalization Act opened JROTC up to the other services and replaced most of the active duty instructors with retirees who worked for and were cost shared by the schools.
Title 10 of the U.S. Code declares that "the purpose of Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps 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 Program has changed greatly over the years. Once looked upon primarily as a source of enlisted recruits and officer candidates, it became a citizenship program devoted to the moral, physical and educational uplift of American youth. Although the program retained its military structure and the resultant ability to infuse in its student cadets a sense of discipline and order, it shed most of its early military content.
The study of ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, life skills and other subjects designed to prepare young men and woman to take their place in adult society, evolved as the core of the program. More recently, an improved student centered curriculum focusing on character building and civic responsibility is being presented in every JROTC classroom.
Is JROTC a required
No. JROTC is not a
required course at Buchanan County Schools.
does JROTC stand for?
JROTC stands for Junior Reserve
Officer's Training Corps. It is a military regulated high school program
whose purpose is to educate high school students in leadership roles while
making them aware of the benefits of citizenship. The mission of JROTC is to
motivate young people to become better American citizens.
the class like?
The program is a full
credit elective class for every semester a person takes it. JROTC combines
interesting classroom instruction with the opportunity to serve the school and
the community participates in extra-curricular activities, enjoy social
activities, competitions (Fitness, Marksmanship, and Robotics) and have the
chance to be in leadership positions.
exactly taught in class?
The material covered in
the program varies throughout the year, with short segments of leadership
training, basics of citizenship and other topics related to the U.S. Army. The
Army JROTC curriculum also covers topics such as U.S. Military History, robotics,
first aid, human relations, etiquette, good techniques for oral communication,
drill and ceremony, military map reading, personal hygiene, marksmanship,
orienteering, and staff functions and procedures.
Newly added: Tutorials
in foreign cultures and languages. (not a substitute for foreign
Is there an obligation to go into the armed services after high school?
There is NO
obligation of any kind to join any branch of military service; in fact, most
cadets do not go into the military. But for those who are interested in
pursuing a career in the military, Army JROTC is a real benefit.
There are two
instructors, a Senior Army Instructor (SAI) and an Army Instructors (AI). The
SAI is an officer, and the AIs are non-commissioned officers (enlisted). All
are retired from active military service. The Senior Army Instructor (SAI) for
Buchanan County Schools is Major (Retired) Russ Brown and the Army Instructor
(AI)I is vacant at this time.
does the program cost?
There is no cost to
enter the program. The course materials, uniforms, supplies, and equipment is
issued to the cadets free of charge by the U.S. Army. There are some things
that JROTC as a class might have to pay for, such as a field trip, issued
equipment that is lost or damaged, or special equipment for a competition team.
Are both girls and boys
All leadership positions are available to both males and females equally.
What are some of the
benefits of taking the program?
from being a credit in high school, there are several other benefits that
can be attained from joining the program. First, for people that enlist in the
military after taking JROTC for at least three years, the military will take
them up two pay grades and ranks. Second, many colleges’ give advance
standing and credit for completion of the JROTC program if the person
enroll in college ROTC. Third, the JROTC instructors have been very successful
in helping high school students, who are interested, obtain ROTC
scholarships and service academy appointments. Scholarships obtained from
the ROTC program can be up to $60,000.
Do I wear a uniform?
Yes. After earning a
uniform in the first year, cadets are required to wear the Army JROTC uniform once
a month during their class on uniform day. Usually at Buchanan County JROTC,
uniform days are on Wednesdays/Thursdays, but there are exceptions. The uniform
is provided by the military, and is custom-fitted to each cadet. The uniform
consists of a pair of trousers, shoes, black socks, shirt, black belt, and
buckle. Cadets earn their rank and awards to put on their uniforms. It is
considered an honor to wear the uniform and cadets wear it with pride.
There is a separate
category of student (PARTICIPATING STUDENT) that is not required to wear the
uniform, but may choose to transition to Cadet Status at any time after their
Are there special regulations I have to follow?
Yes, although not to the
extreme. There are, however, regulations about the personal appearance of
cadets, wearing of the uniform, and even how to address the other military
personnel and cadets. For example, on uniform day, males must have their hair
not exceed past the ears lengthwise, and female cadets must have their hair off
Can I still do other
activities, outside JROTC?
JROTC students are involved in everything from varsity sports to band, chorus,
student government, and other clubs. You can spend as much or as little time as
you want to with JROTC. The program offers several additional teams (Rifle
team, Drill team, Exhibition team, and Color Guard) that cadets may join in
additional to the normal JROTC class activities. The program also offers field
trips, summer camps, and other group-sponsored activities. These offers are not
mandatory for cadets to participate in; in fact JROTC encourages students to
participate in other activities. However, the military ball/change of
command ceremony event is a mandatory event for all cadets to
What kind of recognition
can I get by participating in the program?
are a large number of awards which cadets can earn for participation and
achievement in the program. Some are given by the unit, but others can be
awarded by local military organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign
Affairs, Military Order of Purple Heart, and the Daughters of the American
Revolution. These are just a few of the organizations that give awards. All
awards have certain criteria, but are open to all who meets those standards.
Involvement, good leadership traits, and being an active participant of the
program are the main requirements.
What about the leadership
JROTC, being a leader means first being a follower. The curriculum teaches all
aspects of being a good follower and being a good leader. The program
encourages practical application in other school activities as well as in
How can I enroll in
If you want to be in the program it is as simple as signing
the course sheet for that program. Any person can start JROTC any grade in high
school, it is not required that you enroll in ninth grade.