JROTC was originally established to teach students in high school the value of citizenship, leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment while not knowingly working on self-esteem, self-discipline, and teamwork. The JROTC curriculum teaches a number of national academic standards that include course work on leadership, civics, geography, and global awareness, health, and wellness, language arts, life skills, and U.S. history. The studies are based on the principles of performance based, learning-centered education and builds up development of core abilities. Some of those core abilities include extent for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques.
The JROTC teams offered at Dardanelle are JLAB, Raiders, Color Guard, Honor Guard, Drill, and Drill with Arms. These teams are open to any cadet in the program that attends practices. These teams are extensions of the program. Our teams promote leadership, decision-making, discipline, physical fitness, mental well-being, and volunteering. Each of these teams will benefit the cadets in one way or another. We encourage all of our cadets to join one or more of the offered co-curricular JROTC teams with many goals in mind. Primarily, we emphasize academic excellence. Likewise, we also focus on good attendance, the practice of a healthy lifestyle, personal commitment to our teams, and exceptional behavior inside and outside of the classroom. We have good structured team rules and policies that are explained in very good detail to all of our team members. Cadets who take part in any co-curricular teams must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. We highly recommend all of our cadets to join the teams offered!
JLAB stands for JROTC Leadership & Academic Bowl. JLAB expands the minds and leadership skills of cadets. The cadets who participate learn the values of citizenship, leadership, academic challenge, and it gives them a chance at college opportunities. The curriculum tested on will be JROTC, English, Math, and Science. Each JLAB team will include four members along with two alternates.
The JROTC Color Guard is an extracurricular team offered JROTC that is responsible for presenting the flag in a large mixture of settings. The members of each of our color guard teams practice drill and ceremonies (D&C), the proper way of wearing the uniform, and the proper way to show respect to our country's flag. Dardanelle Color Guard teams represent Dardanelle High School as well as the cadet corps in many parades, athletic events, and even public events throughout the school year.
Raiders Competition or "Raiders" as it is more commonly known is a very popular athletic competition. This team is the most physically demanding extracurricular activity that JROTC offers. In order to have an all-around excellent raider team everyone must be in top-notch physical shape. Many of the events include running, push-ups, sit-ups, etc. Joining a raiders team is highly recommended because it is a team that will get you in shape or keep you in shape.
Drill & Drill with arms
The JROTC Drill Team is another highly recommended extracurricular team and is described as a marching unit that performs routines based on military drill. Cadets are able to perform in either armed or unarmed drill teams for the competitive drill competitions that we attend throughout the school year.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Does Army JROTC recruit for the Military?
- No, however we may assist in nominating and recommending cadets to Military Academies. In addition, senior JROTC cadets who have completed 3+ years in the program may qualify for advancement in military rank if they chose to enlist in the military.
- Is JROTC a required course?
- No, JROTC is not a required course at Dardanelle High School.
- What does JROTC stand for?
- JROTC stands for Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps. It is a military regulated high school program whose purpose is to educate high school students in leadership roles while making them aware of the benefits of citizenship. The mission of JROTC is to motivate young people to become better American citizens.
- What is the class like?
- JROTC combines interesting classroom instruction with the opportunity to serve the school, and the community, participate in extra-curricular activities, enjoy social activities, and have the chance to be in leadership positions.
- What is exactly taught in class?
- The material covered in the program varies throughout the year, with short segments of leadership training, basics of citizenship and other topics related to the U.S. Military History, first aid, human relations, good techniques for oral communication, drill and ceremony, military map reading, personal hygiene, marksmanship, orienteering, and staff functions and procedures.
- What does the program cost?
- There is no cost to enter the program. The course materials, uniforms, supplies, and equipment is issued to the cadets free of charge by the U.S. Army. There are some things a cadet might have to pay for, such as a field trip, issued equipment that is lost or damaged, or special equipment for a particular team.
- Are both boys and girls enrolled?
- Yes, both boys and girls are enrolled. All leadership positions are also available to both sexes equally.
- Do I wear a uniform?
- Yes. After being issued a uniform in the beginning of their first year, cadets are required to wear the Army JROTC uniform once a week on uniform day. Usually at Dardanelle High School, uniform day is on Wednesday of each week, but there are exceptions. The uniform is provided by the military, and is custom-fitted to each cadet. The uniform consists of a pair of trousers, shoes (must be shined), black socks, shirt, black belt, and a buckle. Cadets earn their rank and awards to put on their uniforms. It is considered an honor to wear the uniform and cadets wear it with pride.
- Are there special regulations I have to follow?
- Yes, although not to the extreme. There are, however, regulations about the personal appearance of cadets, wearing of the uniform, and even how to address the other military personnel and cadets. For example, males are not permitted to wear an earring(s) in uniform, and females are only allowed one pair of earrings, one earring in each ear. On uniform day, male cadets must have their hair not exceed past the ears lengthwise, and female cadets must have their hair off their collar.
- Can I still do other activities, outside of JROTC?
- Certainly, JROTC students are involved in everything from varsity sports to band, choir, and other clubs. You can spend as much or as little time as you want to with JROTC. The program offers several additional teams (JLAB, Drill team, Color Guard, and Raiders) that cadets may join in addition to the normal JROTC class activities. The program also offers field trips, summer camps, military balls, and other group-sponsored activities. These offers are not mandatory for cadets to participate in; in fact, JROTC encourages students to participate in other activities.
- What kind of recognition can I get by participating in the program?
- There are a large number of awards, which cadets can earn for participation and achievement in the program. The unit gives some, but others can be awarded by local military organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of Purple Heart, and the Daughters of the American Revolution. These are just a few of the organizations that give awards. All awards have certain criteria, but are open to all who achieve that criteria. Involvement, good leadership traits, and being an active participant of the program are the main requirements.
- What about the leadership training?
- In JROTC, being a leader means first being a follower. The curriculum teaches all aspects of being a good follower and being a good leader. The program encourages practical application in other school activities as well as in JROTC.
- How can I enroll in the program?
- If you want to be in the program it is as simple as signing the course sheet for that program. Any person can join JROTC any grade in high school, it is not required that you enroll in ninth grade.