Junior ROTC is a program of the United States Armed Forces designed to motivate young people to become better citizens. JROTC instills in students strong leadership abilities, good character, a commitment to service, and an understanding of the importance of outstanding citizenship in their communities. While some students who participate in JROTC may go on to military service after high school or after college, the skills acquired in JROTC will prepare all students for success. The culture of the military program pervades all areas of school academics and operations.
The JROTC program will emphasize “Citizenship in Action, Leadership Theory and Application” and will teach foundations for success in wellness, fitness, and first aid; geography, map skills, and environmental awareness; citizenship in American history and government; cadet safety and civilian marksmanship; and integrated curricular activities. JROTC is a cadet-centered program where cadets will develop their leadership skills and can rise through the ranks of the cadet body to positions of significant responsibility.
FSMA will foster in cadets a devotion to the officer’s code of “Duty; Honor; Country” and will teach cadets how that code can be infused across the JROTC leadership classes and the academic program. In alignment with the high standards of personal conduct of the JROTC program, the culture of New Tech schools is built on trust, respect, and responsibility. As part of a New Tech school, cadets and teachers alike will have ownership of their learning experience and their school environment. Working on projects and in teams, cadets will be accountable to their peers and will acquire a level of responsibility similar to what they would experience in a professional setting.
The development of culture will extend to the teachers and other adults in the building, who will be expected to model trust, respect, and responsibility in their interactions with each other.