U.S. ARMY JUNIOR ROTC
Official U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps
HILLCREST 5th PANTHER BATTALION
Hillcrest High School JROTC was established In August 1993. The school is an Academic Public School and JROTC is creditable for physical education and electives for graduation requirements. It was awarded Honor Unit with Distinction for School Years 1997 to 2001 and 2005-2008, Honor Unit for School Years 1996 to 1997, 2004-2005, and 2008 to 2014 and Merit Unit 2001 to 2003.
The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the largest character development and citizenship programs for youth in the world. The National Defense Act of 1916 established organized JROTC programs at public and private educational institutions. In 1964, Congress expanded the program to all military services and changed from active duty to shared support from the services and schools. As congressionally mandated by Title 10 United States Code, Section 2031, each military service must have a JROTC program to “instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment
JROTC is one of the most successful and significantly impactful youth-oriented programs in American history. As educators and others measure success, we have identified five Quality Indicators used to measure the effectiveness of the program in high schools. These five Quality Indicators are attendance, graduation, indiscipline, drop-out rate, and GPA. JROTC exceeds schools’ averages in each of these categories:
JROTC’s mission, “To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens”, is the guide post for the program’s success.
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