MISSION: Motivating Young People to be Better Citizens

As illustrated below, the JROTC curriculum ensures a comprehensive program to assist each Cadet to reach his potential. The academic curriculum in JROTC is as follows:

Unit 1 – Citizenship in Action
Unit 2 – Leadership Theory and Application/Drill
Unit 3 – Foundations for Success – NEFE High School Financial Planning Program
Unit 4 – Wellness, Fitness and First Aid
Unit 5 – Geography, Map Skills and Environmental Awareness
Unit 6 – Citizenship in American History and Government
Unit 7 – Safety and Civilian Marksmanship Program

Army JROTC Core Abilities
1) Build your capacity for life-long learning.
2) Communicate using verbal, non-verbal, visual, and written techniques.
3) Take responsibility for your actions and choices.
4) Do your share as a good citizen in your school, community, country, and the world.
5) Treat self and others with respect.
6) Apply critical thinking techniques.

LET I Instructor 1SG Tony Blair – First year of JROTC includes classroom instruction and laboratory instruction in the history, customs, traditions and purpose of Army JROTC. It contains the development of basic leadership skills to include leadership principles, values and attributes. Students will also master an appreciation for diversity and active learning strategies. In addition, students will learn proper wearing of the uniform, military traditions, customs and courtesies, and self-awareness techniques such as: winning colors, personal growth plan, active listening, effective study and reading techniques, as well as American government and citizenship topics.

LET II Instructor SFC Geronimo Rivera – Second year of JROTC includes classroom instruction and laboratory instruction expanding on skills taught in LET I. The curriculum of this course includes: equal opportunity and sexual harassment, leadership theories, as well as, basic principles of management. The course also provides self-assessments that help students determine their skill sets. Additionally, this course teaches nutrition, first aid, geography, public speaking, government, and the role of citizens in the United States. This class also instructs on the developing of lesson plans, career goal setting, controlling stress, the effects of drugs and alcohol, and the prevention of substance abuse.

LET III Instructor LTCOL Joseph Bilik – Third year of JROTC includes classroom instruction and laboratory instruction expanding on skills taught in LET II. The curriculum of this course includes: leadership development and decision making skills, negation skills, and management principles. This course emphasizes staff procedures and provides opportunities to handle various leadership challenges. In addition, this course covers goal setting, basic command and staff principles, mediation, orientation to service learning, career exploration strategy, civilian and military career development opportunities and college preparation.

LET IV Instructor LTCOL Joseph Bilik – Fourth year of JROTC includes classroom instruction and laboratory instruction expanding on skills taught in LET III. The curriculum of this course includes: creating positive leadership environments, negotiating, decision making, problem solving, planning, team development, project management, and mentoring. The course provides students the opportunity to demonstrate leadership potential in an assigned command or staff position within the SJMS Cadet Battalion structure. Additionally, the course covers emotional intelligence, leadership challenges, violence prevention, financial planning, etiquette, and college and military career preparation.

JROTC Extracurricular Activities

  • Rifle Team – 1SG Blair
  • Drill Team & Color Guard – SFC Rivera
  • JLAB team – LTCOL Joseph Bilik
  • JLAB (Junior ROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl) Academic and Leadership Competition held online where SJMS JROTC students compete against other JROTC students around the world.

JROTC Completes Annual Air Rifle Qualification Program

Once a year the St John’s Military School JROTC Department conducts an air rifle qualification program for all JROTC Cadets. This year’s program ran from 8-31 Jan 14. By waiting until third quarter to conduct qualifications, this gives more cadets a chance to earn one of the coveted marksmanship badges. Ninety-three cadets had an opportunity to qualify this year.

Before a cadet can fire their first round downrange they must go through eight days of classroom instruction covering safety, fundamentals of rifle shooting, and instruction in the different positions involved in three position rifle shooting; this being the prone, standing, and kneeling positions. In addition, all cadets must pass the range safety exam with a 100% and sign a 15 point safety pledge before being allowed to fire. While on the range all cadets serve as assistant safety officers and help each other as a two person team while attempting to qualify.

Even with all of the above training, first time shooters as well as the more experienced shooters find earning a badge does not come easily. To earn a marksman badge, shooters must fire a minimum score of 175 out of a possible 200 points while firing in the prone and standing positions. To earn the sharpshooter badge cadets must score a minimum 188 points out of 200. The few who earn the right to try for the title of expert rifleman must fire in all three positions to include the kneeling position and must fire a score of 290 out of 300 to earn the elite expert badge.