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JROTC Curriculum (CMv3 NEW)

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Curriculum Overview

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The JROTC curriculum, which fully or partially addresses a number of national academic standards – to include Common Core State Standards (CCSS) – includes coursework on leadership, civics, geography, and global awareness, health, and wellness, language arts, life skills, and U.S. history. The curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education and promotes development of core abilities: capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques.

More important than “what” is learned in JROTC is “how” it is learned. Every classroom is equipped with leading-edge technologies to teach, assess, and report student progress. Teachers are trained to utilize a range of technologies and develop social/emotional skills, support academic content through gaming and simulations, and promote the role of social media. Thus, students engage in meaningful, purposeful activities that lead them to demonstrate success through a portfolio of accomplishments.

Every learning experience in the curriculum addresses Core Abilities, Program Outcomes, and Course Competencies; building on their developing skills and abilities, which are critical to success in high school and post-secondary career.


Core Abilities describe the broad, life-long skills that every Cadet needs for success in future life and career endeavors. The core abilities are a result of the goals and values that drive the JROTC program and are built upon the program’s four years through integrating various lesson competencies and skills throughout the JROTC curriculum. The Core Abilities are:

  • Apply critical thinking techniques

  • Build your capacity for life-long learning

  • Communicate using verbal, non-verbal, visual, and written techniques

  • Do your share as a good citizen in your school, community, country, and the world

  • Take responsibility for your actions and choices

  • Treat self and others with respect


Program outcomes describe what JROTC Cadets will know and be able to do upon successful completion of the JROTC program. These outcomes also provide documentation for growth and development of the student and program for re-accreditation purposes, school visitors, parents, and the community. As Cadets complete each LET, their journey toward program outcomes will occur; each program outcome is linked to every LET lesson in the curriculum. Evidence of learning can be witnessed through a Cadet’s Portfolio, which will showcase continued development of program outcomes. The JROTC Program Outcomes are:

  • Act with integrity and personal accountability as you lead others to succeed in a diverse and global workforce

  • Engage in civic and social concerns in the community, government, and society

  • Graduate prepared to succeed in post-secondary options and career pathways

  • Make decisions that promote positive social, emotional, and physical health

  • Value the role of the military and other service organizations


Competencies describe discipline-specific measurable and observable skills, knowledge, and attitudes. They are targeted in each lesson of the curriculum. Performance standards (criteria and conditions) provide the specifications for assessing mastery of a competency. Cadets show they have learned competencies by applying them in the completion of assessment tasks that require them to do one or more of the following:

  • Make a decision

  • Perform a skill

  • Perform a service

  • Solve a problem

  • Create a product

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Course Description

The Army JROTC Curriculum is an accredited high school elective focusing on the development of better citizens by building skills in leadership, citizenship, life success, geography, cultural awareness, wellness, and fitness in a structured, collaborative, and interactive environment.

The JROTC curriculum has been crosswalked with the 9-12th grade ELA Common Core Standards and the Numbers and Quantity Mathematics Common Core Standard. The Crosswalk between the JROTC curriculum and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) can be found in the Curriculum Manager (CM), Menu, Global Resources, State Standards to the Common Core tab. Standards linked or associated with JROTC lesson outcomes do not imply that the outcomes meet the requirements for acquisition of core subject area credit. However, by linking the Common Core ELA and Math as appropriate, the curriculum provides a picture of how JROTC curriculum supports core areas such as English/Language Arts, History, Social Studies, Science and Technology.


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unit 1 - let 1: emerging leader

University of California approved "A-G" curriculum

College-Preparatory Elective "g" 1 year required

U1C1L1: Introducing JROTC
U1C1L2: JROTC - The  Organization and Traditions of  Service Programs
U1C1L3: Customs and  Courtesies of  JROTC
U1C1L4: Social Etiquette and  Manners
U1C2L1: Thinking Maps
U1C2L2: Self-Awareness
U1C2L3: Appreciating Diversity  through Winning Colors
U1C2L4: Thinking and Learning
U1C2L5: Reading for Meaning
U1C2L6: Studying and Test-Taking
U1C2L7: Personal Code of Conduct
U1C2L8: Personal Growth Plan
U1C3L1: Team Building and  Drill
U1C3L2: Stationary  Movements and Marching  Techniques
U1C3L3: squad Drill
U1C4L1: Making Decisions and  Setting Goals
U1C4L2: Anger Management
U1C4L3: Resolving Conflicts
U1C5L1: Understanding and  Controlling Stress
U1C5L2: Cadet Challenge
U1C6L1: Orientation to Service  Learning
U1C6L2: Preparing for Service  Learning

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unit 2 - let 2: supervising leader

University of California approved "A-G" Curriculum

College-Preparatory Elective "g" 1 year required

U2CIL1: Elements of Leadership
U2CIL2: Leadership Attributes
U2CIL3: Leadership Competencies
U2CIL4: Leadership Styles
U2C2L1: Becoming a Better  Communicator
U2C2L2: Becoming a Better Writer
U2C2L3: Delivering Your Speech
U2C2L4: Career Considerations
U2C2L5: Ethical Concepts and You
U2C3L1: Team Member Qualities
U2C3L2: Drill Leader Skills  and  Responsibilities
U2C3L3: Taking Charge: Leadership  Responsibilities
U2C4L1: First Aid Emergencies
U2C4L2: First Aid for Common Injuries
U2C4L3: Severe Emergencies
U2C5L1: Bullying
U2C5L2: Preventing Violence
U2C6L1: Elements of Health
U2C6L2: Benefits of Physical Activity
U2C6L3: Nutrition
U2C6L4: Body Image
U2C7L1: Evaluating a Service Learning  Project
U2C8L1: Our American Government
 U2C8L2: Rights of Citizens
U2C0L0: LET 2 Cadet Challenge

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UNIT 3 - LET 3 -supervising leader

University of California approved "A-G" curriculum

College-Preparatory Elective "g" 1 year required

U3CIL1: Command and Staff Roles
U3CIL2: Leading Meetings
U3C2L3:  Planning Projects
U3C1L4: Continuous Improvement
U3C1L5: Management Skills
U3C1L6: Ethics in Leadership
U3C1L7: Supervising
U3C2L1: Post-Secondary Action Plan
U3C2L2: Personal Planning and  Management
U3C2L3: Portfolios and Interviews
U3C3L1: Responsibilities of a Platoon  Leader
U3C3L2: Executing Platoon Drills
U3C4L1: Prejudice  
U3C4L2: Negotiating
U3C5L1: The Effects of Substance  Abuse
U3C5L2: Drugs
U3C5L3: Alcohol and Tobacco
U3C5L4: Decisions About Substance  Abuse
U3C6L1: Planning for Service  Learning
U3C7L1: Civic Duties and  Responsibilities
U3COL0: LET 3 Cadet Challenge

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unit 4 - let 4: managing leader

University of California approved "A-G" Curriculum

College-Preparatory Elective "g" 1 year required

U4C1L1: Leadership Accomplishment
U4CIL2: Strategies for Teaching
U4CIL3: Using Feedback with Learners
U4C2L1: Life After High School   
 U4C2L2: Professional Development
U4C3L1: Motivating Others
U4C3L2: Communicating to Lead
U4C3L3: Company Drill
U4C3L4: Battalion Drill
U4C4L1: Managing a Service Learning Project
U4C5L1: Challenges to Fundamental  Principles
U4C5L2: The Future of Citizen Rights
U4C0L0: LET 4 Cadet Challenge