Enrollment in the Army Junior ROTC Program at Frederick Douglass High
School is an important step toward your future. Success in any career
requires leadership. The ability to lead can be learned and developed.
This is what the JROTC program is about: Leadership, selfdiscipline, and
the ability to get things organized. While Army JROTC provides an
opportunity to acquire basic military skills, its primary goal is to
develop good citizens. In this regard, you must never lose sight of the
fact that you are a citizen of your high school, your community and your
country, the United States of America.
Upon graduation from high school, you may choose to enroll in college
and continue your ROTC training in the Senior Division. Two and four
year programs, including scholarships for those who qualify, are
available. If you do not plan to attend college and instead desire to
enter military service directly after high school, your Army JROTC
background can still help you regardless of the branch of service you
choose. Even if you are not interested in the military as a career (and
there is absolutely no obligation with your participation in our high
school program) we know that employers want young men and women who know
how to accept responsibility and to lead others. In addition, they know
that the JROTC program teaches just that.
If you want to learn of and develop your leadership skills; if you
want to be a better disciplined individual; if you enjoy being mentally
and physically challenged; if you want to be a team member as well as
someone that others are willing to look up to and follow; and, most
importantly, if you are willing to “do the right thing!”, then, welcome
to Frederick Douglass High School Army Junior ROTC Cadet Corps and the
Mighty Duck Battalion.
There is NO Cost to Cadets to Join JROTC: Uniforms, equipment and textbooks are issued to the cadet at no cost.
What is JROTC all about?
The JROTC Mission:
“To motivate Young People to be Better Citizens” by developing in each
cadet the following: Good citizenship, self reliance, leadership,
responsiveness to constituted authority, knowledge of basic military
skills, appreciation of the role of the US Army in support of national
objectives, ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in
writing, and appreciation of the importance of physical fitness.
Program Objectives: To develop in each cadet:
- The fundamentals of self-discipline, integrity and a sense of responsibility.
- An appreciation of the role of a participating citizen in matters dealing with national defense.
- The ability to evaluate situations, to make decisions, to
understand people and to practice those attributes considered essential
in a leader.
Benefits of the JROTC Program:
- Two credits towards graduation are awarded for each full year JROTC is successfully completed.
- An opportunity to earn a scholarship to a college of your choice, providing the college already offers Senior JROTC.
- An additional opportunity to apply for admission to one of the military academies.
- Participation in social activities conducted by the Cadet Corps.
- Opportunity to make orientation visits to various military installations during the school year.
- Participation in up to four overnight field trips in which you will
have the opportunity to build rope bridges, rappel from an 80 foot
tower, compete in day and night land navigation and orienteering
courses, participate in an eighteen station Leadership Reaction Course,
and much, much more, all while staying on a United States Army Fort.
- Opportunity to earn recognition through the Awards and Promotion System.
- A chance to develop a skill on several special teams to include
Color Guard, Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams, Raiders Challenge Team and
the Orienteering Team.
- An opportunity to enlist in one of the military services at a higher grade, receiving higher pay and faster promotions