Jr Rotc Program History

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As the Army Junior ROTC program celebrates its 100 year of being established, cadets and instructors start to realize its purpose and its significant changes. I take a glance into the past and gathered information on historical events contributing to the program. Also acknowledging the program’s difference from today and 100 years ago. These aspects will likely determine the future of the Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. The United States Army Junior ROTC was established in the National Defense Act of 1916, which was enacted on 3 June 1916. This act states that high schools are authorized the loan of federal military equipment and the assignment of active duty military personnel as instructors. Although in 1964, the Vitalization…show more content…
In the past, Junior ROTC was considered as a source of enlisted recruits and officer candidates officers for the military, though it later develops into a citizenship program. Cadets devote their time towards educational, physical and moral obligations. Instructors focus on teaching character building and local responsibility. The enrollment of cadets nationwide has also increased. In 1916, the program established only 6 units, now more than 1,000 schools nationwide has a JROTC program. These accomplishments and historical events corresponding within the program helps shape the program’s future in ways that it has done in the past. Junior ROTC has changed abundantly from the past and now, accomplishments and historical events can help us determine what the future hols for the program. The program attracts many students now and probably in the future, I sincerely think that the enrollment and size of the program will increase even more. Many accomplishments will also be upheld, such as recognition gained worldwide. The opinion of many people will be sharpened on the purpose of the program and what cadets obtain from the program. Although, one can’t assume the future of the program but the reputation it holds will certainly be known

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