The Army Junior ROTC Cadet Creed

JROTC History, Mission & Vision

The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a four-year program that was a result of the National Defense Act of 1916. America was preparing for World War I and needed a steady stream of qualified male teenage candidates that could enlist into military service as soldiers and officers in the U.S. Army. The program served the needs of the nation and various communities so well that it continued on and is still going strong today.

Under the 1964 Vitalization Act, Congress expanded the Army JROTC program to include all military branches – Navy, Marines, Coast Guard and Air Force. At this time, Congress also authorized the replacement of active duty personnel that served as instructors with retired military service personnel from active duty and the Reserves and National Guard instead. The next biggest change occurred in 1973 when women were given the opportunity to participate in JROTC programs.

The stated mission of JROTC is “motivating young people to be better citizens.” The vision of this Congress-mandated program is “to provide quality leadership, character, and leadership development, while fostering partnerships with communities and educational institutions.”

Many students think JROTC is a military-preparation program, but as you can see, its mission and vision doesn’t state that. Since the beginning, the purpose of the JROTC program has been to teach cadets leadership, geography, civics, health, global awareness, life skills and U.S. history. With this focus on leadership, core values, abilities and self-discipline, cadets are better positioned to function in life itself, even if they never go into the military.

How Do I Know if JROTC is Right for Me?

Students join Lorain High School's Army JROTC Titan Battalion for various reasons – a personal goal, to follow in a family member’s footsteps, to help pay for college or to just be part of an organization that allows them to show their patriotism and desire to serve their country.

Some students, however, may be on the fence about joining. If you’re thinking of participating in Lorain High School's Army JROTC Titan Battalion but aren’t certain, take some time to reflect on the following questions:

  • Would I be dedicated to the Titan Battalion program?
  • Am I patriotic to the United States?
  • Am I driven to succeed regardless of the obstacles I encounter?
  • Am I disciplined enough to reach goals I set for myself?
  • Do I want to learn valuable skills that can help me succeed in the real world?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to these questions, you may be a good candidate for the Lorain High School's Army JROTC Titan Battalion. But regardless of whether you go into the military afterwards, the training you’ll receive while in JROTC is unmatched in public high schools and will serve you well for the rest of your life.

How JROTC Prepares You for The Real World

Lorain High School's Army JROTC Titan Battalion JROTC is funded by the United States Army, and is therefore FREE for students, with no obligation to join the military upon completion. 

Our cadets, the benefit of participating in Lorain High School's Army JROTC Titan Battalion is that it teaches invaluable life skills, including:

  • Leadership 
  • Self-confidence
  • Discipline
  • Communication and collaborative skills
  • College financial planning (e.g. filling out the FAFSA, how to find and apply for scholarships & grants)
  • Community service skills
  • Accountability
  • Time-management
  • Problem-solving skills
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