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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.

Developing Leaders

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.

Service Learning projects are an integral part of JROTC instruction and are included throughout the school year. Students learn about the value of serving others as they design and carry out their projects.

JROTC prepares students for life and they are not under any obligation to join the military. However, if they choose to further their interest in the military, satisfactory completion of the JROTC program can lead to advanced placement credit in the Senior ROTC program (college level) or advanced rank in any of the Armed Forces.

JROTC Features

Students Share Their JROTC Experiences (May 2019)

Staff Focus: Chief Master Sergeant Donald Felch, JROTC Aerospace Science Instructor at Oakland Mills High School (November 2019)

Guest Voice: Young People Serving Others During the Pandemic (April 2021)

Oakland Mills Air Force JROTC cadet saluting.

Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

“To Motivate Young People to Be Better Citizens.”

Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

“Develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community.”

Program Objectives

JROTC instruction supports the school system's focus on increasing the number of students who graduate ready for college and careers.

Leadership & Integrity

  • Develop citizenship, character, and leadership.
  • Serve their school and community and promote community service.
  • Graduate and pursue meaningful careers

Essential Life Skills

  • Foster goal-setting abilities and a positive self-image.
  • Improve physical fitness.

Effective Career Skills

  • Work as team members and learn to treat others with respect.
  • Communicate effectively.

Participating Schools

JROTC is available at the following three schools. Students at other schools may apply. Space is limited.

Atholton High

410-313-7065

Web Site

6520 Freetown Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Principal – Robert Motley

JROTC Instructor - LTC (USA, Retired) William Reinhart, Senior Army Instructor, william_reinhart@hcpss.org

Army

Howard High

410-313-2867

Web Site

8700 Old Annapolis Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Principal – Nick Novak

JROTC Instructor - LTC (USA, Retired) Patricia Marshall, Senior Army Instructor, patricia_marshall@hcpss.org

Army

Oakland Mills High

410-313-6945

Web Site

9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia, MD 21045

Principal – Jeffrey Fink

JROTC Instructor - Donald Felch, CMSgt, USAF (Ret), Aerospace Science Instructor, donald_felch@hcpss.org

Air Force

How to Participate in JROTC

Please note that some schools may require a written application essay or other pre-interview materials.

Schedule an Interview

Students must contact a JROTC official at school of interest to schedule an interview and submit an application if required.

Complete the Interview

Students will be interviewed by the JROTC instructor at their school of interest.

Register

Distribution of the approval/denial/waitlist letters will follow interviews.

If accepted into a program, students must contact the registrar office.

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