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Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Academy

Interested in leadership and essential life and career skills instruction, activities, and opportunities?

The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) provides a citizenship, character, and leadership development program for high school students. It is a cooperative effort between Howard County Public School System, the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. JROTC instruction prepares students in grades 9-12 for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges, as American citizens through rigorous instruction and hands-on activities.

A student who wishes to participate in the JROTC program, but does not attend one of the schools that offers the program, may apply to the JROTC program at Atholton High School, Howard High School, and/or Oakland Mills High School. Each school has a limited number of spaces available for students who apply.

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Prerequisites

Students must:

  • Apply prior to the deadline and participate in an interview process. Check with the school counselor at your current school to get information about deadlines.
  • Be accepted to the program and must provide their own transportation.
  • Remain enrolled in the JROTC program at all times. Students who do not remain enrolled must return to their district high school. Students retain full athletic eligibility.

Certifications

Students are offered the opportunity to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) test and participate in the ASVAB Career Exploration Program.

Successful Academy Students:

Students participate in service-learning projects throughout the school year to learn about the value of serving other.

Suggested Course Schedule

Below is a suggested high school course schedule for students interested in the JROTC Academy
Grade Level Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7
Ninth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fitness & Health required Technology Education required JROTC Army I or Air Force I
Tenth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fine Arts available Elective available JROTC Army II or Air Force II
Eleventh Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Elective available Elective available JROTC Army III or Air Force III
Twelfth Grade English required Mathematics required Elective available Elective available Elective available JROTC Army IV or Air Force IV JROTC Army Advanced or Air Force Advanced