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Common Questions

  • Why would a student want to do this program?
    JROTC is a program built on making its cadets better leaders, team members, and over all citizens. The program improves the students who join by teaching them real life skills that can be used outside of a school environment.
  • Will I be in the Armed Forces or will I have to go into the service?
    No. The JROTC program is not set up to recruit and instructors do not request or expect a military commitment of any kind. There is no service obligation. Nonetheless, many cadets find they enjoy military discipline and structure; it brings out their best and allows them to excel. Some earn appointments to one of the military academies. Moreover, those who enlist can enter military service at a higher rank and pay grade.
  • What about the instructors, are they in the Armed Forces?"
    No. JROTC teachers are retired military officers and senior non-commissioned officers. They are high school faculty members and employees of Collier County Public Schools. JROTC instructors are certified by the U.S. Army to teach JROTC.
  • Is JROTC traning as hard as it sounds?
    Well, the course is demanding, but most of the students who make an effort really enjoy the challenge and thrive on the hard work and discipline.
  • What does the course cost?
    The JROTC program supplies uniforms, books and all equipment used by cadets while registere in the course. Fundraising projects are scheduled as needed to raise funds for special equipment, projects, and events.
  • What extracurricular activities may cadets be involved in during the school year?
    Extracurricular activities during the year may include: Presentation of Colors (Color Guard), escorts and charity events, parades, drill competitions, summer camp, academic competitions, Raider Challenge (Physical Fitness), Formal Military Balls, Awards Night, annual inspections, community service learning, etc. Certain off-campus participation in events (e.g., parades) are mandatory and part of the cadet's grade.
  • Are there both male and female cadets?
    Yes. Classes enjoy participation by both females and males - nearly 50/50. Leadership positions are available to both sexes equally, and we have male, female and mixed extracurricular teams.
  • When do cadets wear uniforms?
    A uniform is provided free for the duration of the course and is normally worn one day a month for inspection, or when taking part in special ceremonies or events. A JROTC polo shirt is worn one day a week for the rest of the month
  • What are the haircut standards?
    Male cadets' hair must be neatly trimmed and meet minimum dress code standards (ears not covered). The hair on female cadets should not touch their shoulders/extend below the bottom of their uniform collar (females with long hair will "pin up" their hair while in uniform). Females may also have their hair in a "ponytail." Each cadet will receive a packet that explains all JROTC expectations.
  • How much time does JROTC take?
    Cadets can spend as much time in JROTC as they desire. They must attend class just like their other courses, but we encourage participation in extracurricular activities like drill team, color guard, marksmanship teams, and social events. Many cadets consider the "out of classroom activities" as the most enjoyable part of JROTC.
  • What recognition can I get for my participation in JROTC?
    There are a large number of awards, which are given for participation and achievement in JROTC. Some are given by the unit, some by the school, and others by local civic and patriotic groups. All are available for everyone to seek. High-achievers can also earn scholarships for college.
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