Building Leaders Through JROTC
|25% of St. John’s students participate in the JROTC program.|
For decades, St. John's students have unlocked their talent for leadership by joining the JROTC program. JROTC is an elective class designed to make young people better citizens, with the goals of developing leadership, citizenship, self-confidence and discipline.
Students are enrolled in one credited class per year while participating in the JROTC program. JROTC students learn about everything from public speaking to financial planning to team building.In addition to regular classroom instruction, students may also participate in many challenging and fun activities and competitive events. These include:
- Color Guard
- Drill Team
- Cadet Challenge (annual physical fitness test)
- Raiders Team (program involving physical training, topography, etc.)
- Rifle Team
- Regimental Band
- Summer Camp
- Regimental Ball
|Established by the U.S. Congress in 1915, St. John’s is one of the original JROTC programs, and is the oldest leadership program in the country. Although most JROTC students do not continue in any sort of military program after high school, those who are interested have great success in being admitted to West Point, the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy, or in earning ROTC college scholarships.|
A Proud Tradition in Washington
St. John’s JROTC students have a proud tradition in Washington, having participated in many events around the Washington metropolitan area. Recently, these events have included the 55th Inaugural Ceremony, National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade and ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. In addition, each year the JROTC unit marches on the field prior to the annual football game between St. John’s and Gonzaga.