There are many common misunderstandings about Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). To help you get a better understanding on just what JROTC is, here are some ways that JROTC is different from most other high school courses:
- JROTC offers you a chance to enhance leadership characteristics with a Cadet Chain of Command, in which each student has an equal opportunity to make their way up.
- JROTC is a leadership and character development course designed to prepare students to accept positions of increasing responsibility beyond college.
- Being in JROTC for all four years of high school can mean a greater number of scholarship opportunities when it comes time to think about college.
- Other JROTC organizations, classes or clubs hold a name, and sometimes hold a theory. Something that states they may be a group of togetherness, but Oakland's JROTC Patriot Battalion does not just hold the theory, we live by it. The Patriot Battalion is a family, not just another military base's organization.
- Learning is not only determined by the recipient, but also by the instructors. At Oakland, the JROTC program has a pair of effective and efficient instructors who provide a base for students to be the learners they need to be. Instructors, LTC Russell Rector (Ret.) and CSM Jeffery Troy (Ret.) have taught at Oakland for over 11 years, and both have met and exceeded all expectations.