Junior Reserve Office Training Corps

The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is a leadership education program specifically designed to develop the leadership abilities of high school students. It is an academic course of instruction, which is taught by retired military officers and sequenced into three levels: basic (JROTC I), intermediate (JROTC II), and advanced (JROTC III). JROTC I is open to freshman through seniors and serves as an entry level introduction to leadership education. JROTC II is open to sophomores, through seniors and teaches increasingly more advanced techniques of leadership and management skills. JROTC III is open to juniors and seniors and teaches the most advanced techniques of leadership and management. 

Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training is designed to instill in high school students a value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. It prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.

The material covered in each course varies throughout the school year; however, most topics are related to taking charge of a group of people and leading them toward the accomplishment of individual and organizational goals. Students have the option of taking JROTC every day or every other day. They will receive 1 credit for successfully completing the every-day course or 1/2 credit for successfully completing the every-other-day course. Up to 3 credits of JROTC may be applied toward a Regents diploma.

ROTC I , II, III (Full Credit)

1 Year | 1 Credit

This class meets every day and is designed to develop an entry level understanding of good leadership. Students learn ethics, self-discipline, methods of self-improvement, stress management, public speaking, how to follow instructions, and how to follow instructions, and how to stand out and lead others using fundamental leadership skills. Classes are given on the basic organization, structure, customs, and courtesies of the armed forces.


Additional classes are taught on personal health, physical fitness, first aid, CPR, map reading and land navigation. In addition to the classroom segments of the course, students are given the opportunity to wear Marine Corps uniforms, march in parades, take part in drill and physical fitness competitions against other schools, perform ceremonial color guard details, serve their community through various community service events, and visit military and historical points of interest. An end of year department exam is required. 

Prerequisite: none


The concepts of authority, responsibility and accountability are dealt with in greater detail, as are group dynamics, goal setting, public speaking and training. Included in the curriculum is an introduction into Total Quality Management and other business management theories and processes. Students also review and analyze current and historical world and local events with an emphasis on the basic elements and requirements for national security and the need for a constituted authority in a democratic society.


This class meets every day and builds on the concepts learned in JROTC I and JROTC II. JROTC III develops an advanced understanding of the techniques and responsibilities associated with good leadership. In this course, students continue their detailed study of the principles, traits, temptations and styles of leadership. Included in the curriculum is a study of analysis of group dynamics, conflict resolution, counseling skills, money management, training formats and techniques of military instruction. Additional study is devoted to various management styles including Total Quality Management, management principles of the United States marines, and business management. A more in depth study of historical and current world and local events is used to facilitate an understanding of our national security organization and requirements for national defense. Included in the curriculum is a continued study and analysis of the United States Constitution, along with an introduction to New York State laws, municipal administration, the judicial system and law enforcement. In addition to the classroom segments of the course, students will enhance their leadership skills by filling advanced leadership positions within the JROTC unit. Practical application in research, training and counseling; and planning, implementing and supervising class programs is provided. An end of year departmental exam is required.

ROTC I, II, III (Partial Credit) 

1 Year (EOD) | 1/2 Credit

This course mirrors 2310 (F) and is offered as an alternative for students who can only attend JROTC every other day. An end of year departmental exam is required.