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Gary Mealer
Program Specialist, Transition Career Partnerships, JROTC
1752 Twin Towers East
205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive SE
Atlanta, GA 30334
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Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC)

JROTC Air Force Program of Study

JROTC Army Program of Study

JROTC Marine Corps Program of Study

JROTC Navy Program of Study JROTC – Air Force courses

JROTC – Army courses

JROTC – Marine courses

JROTC – Navy courses

Securing a JROTC Program

JROTC offers the opportunity for high school students to enroll in a leadership/citizenship program coordinated under the umbrella of the Career, Technical and Agricultural Education Division of the Georgia Department of Education. Any three JROTC courses satisfy the requirements for a career pathway, and the JROTC curriculum satisfies national and Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) requirements. JROTC instructors in Georgia are required to secure a Georgia teaching “Permit” through the Professional Standards Commission in addition to their military credential. Georgia has its fair share of available units/programs; however, schools/systems should apply for a program in case expansion is accelerated. A waiting list is maintained by each branch of service. National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) programs are also available through the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps. NDCC programs are equal to JROTC programs except, they are 100% locally funded. JROTC in Georgia (GAJROTC) is an affiliate organization of the Association for Career and Technical Education and Georgia Association for Career and Technical Education. Federal law establishes JROTC units fairly and equitably across the United States.

The following information should be helpful if your school/system wishes to apply for a program:

  1. Survey the needs and support in the community
  2. View information concerning JROTC at the websites listed in the helpful links section on this page
  3. Contact the State JROTC Program Specialist at the GaDOE
  4. Complete the JROTC application on-line or request the application from one or all of the services
  5. Once the application is submitted, it is placed on the waiting list. When tentatively selected to host a unit/program there will be an on-site visit to determine if all requirements are met and final approval is granted
  6. It is recommended that the school/system apply to all branches

Some services require a minimum high school enrollment of 500 or more students. Currently, projected JROTC enrollment must be 100 cadets or 10% of the school enrollment.

School/system must provide the following:

  1. Facilities, including space allocations for instructors’ offices, two classrooms, drill field, adequate and secure storage,
  2. Community support,
  3. Telephones and internet connectivity,
  4. Computer maintenance,
  5. Assist instructors in securing the Georgia “Permit,” and
  6. Other requirements depending on the service.

The services will provide the following:

  1. Partial reimbursement to the local school/system for instructor salaries,
  2. Uniforms, textbooks, curriculum, and authorized equipment,
  3. A minimum of two (2) instructors (all instructors are retired military and certified by each branch of service. A list of qualified applicants is posted on the service websites), and
  4. All curricula is written and approved by each service. JROTC curriculum incorporates Georgia’s GPS Standards.

The data listed below summarizes recent efforts across Georgia by JROTC programs.

2007-2008 Data spreadsheet
2008-2009 Data spreadsheet

National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC):
An NDCC program is a military training program that is 100% locally funded. At present, all NDCC programs are coordinated by the U.S. Army, the Air Force, or the Marine Corps JROTC headquarters. NDCC programs must follow all JROTC regulations and may transition into JROTC programs and receive shared federal funding when federal program allocations permit. In order to obtain an NDCC program a school may apply through the application process located at the JROTC websites listed above.

U. S. Army
U. S. Marine Corps
U. S. Air Force
U. S. Navy
Selective Service Program

JROTC Program Survey Results 2009
2007-08 DOE Data Information Form
2008-09 JROTC Advisory Committee
JROTC/DOE Facilities Requirements