Should I join JROTC?

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  1. EMMAB

    EMMAB Member

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    I've been interested in the military for some time and as a Sophomore in HS ,JROTC has been mentioned several times.I was just wondering if anyone had any information about it.
     
  2. maxib7

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    If there is a jrotc program at your HS then join it if you want to. It's like joining a sports team or club there's no military commitment or anything you just do different things. jrotc's mission is to build better citizens. rotc's mission is to make officers and you can't join rotc until you're in college (although you apply for the scholarship as a senior in HS).

    However, if your school does not have a jrotc program then, to my knowledge, your out of luck. My school didn't so I could be in one. That doesn't really mean much though. Being in jrotc doesn't really give you an edge of getting an rotc scholarship or getting into an academy. It's just like another extra curricular. HQ can't weight it more heavily than other sports because most high schools don't offer it.

    If you want to become an officer, join rotc in college (Whether it's afrotc for air force, nrotc for marines/navy, or arotc for army) or go a service academy. If that is what you want to do, then I highly suggest you focus on getting as high a gpa as you can, STUDY!!! for either the ACT or SAT (the higher the score you get the better), and do as many extra curricular activities as you can. Focus on sports because they weight sports much more highly than clubs. Also work on leadership (i.e try to become an officer of a club or captain/letterman of a sports team).

    If you want to become an officer those things are the best possible ways to give yourself an opportunity to either make it into an academy or receive an rotc scholarship.
     
  3. EMMAB

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    Thank you!
     
  4. Trailblazer

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    I'm a senior in HS and have been in JROTC since my freshman year- it's been an awesome experience full of wonderful opportunities other clubs can't give you. It mostly teaches leadership and career skills with a bit of military tradition mixed in.
    If your school has a program, I say go for it! But if not, there are other community programs (Civil Air Patrol, Young Marines and Sea Cadets) that can give you a similar experience- just google each program to see if it's offered near you.
     
  5. nofodad

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    If you're going to join aspire for a leadership position. Although that pretty much goes for all sports and E.C.'s don't think that JROTC will count more on your resume than other clubs. So if your in scouts, aspire for patrol leader, eagle etc. That'll set you apart.
     
  6. EMMAB

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    Yeah my school doesn't have it :( Any other suggestions the Civil Air Patrol seems interesting though.
     
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  7. tjb1975

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    I enjoyed Civil Air Patrol when I was in high school. The Mitchell Award through CAP is a nice achievement to add to your resume and scholarship apps.
     
  8. EOD/SEALmom

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    There might also be a Sea Cadet battalion in your area. Three of my kids are Sea Cadets, I can't say enough good things about this program. http://www.seacadets.org/
     
  9. EMMAB

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    Ok this looks cool too thanks
     

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