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Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)

Col. Paul Willis, Director
2221 Boling Street • Jackson, MS 39213
Phone: (601) 987-4931 • Fax: (601) 982-2470



(From left) Alfredia Moody, Secretary, LTC Valerie Myles, Military Property Specialist, COL Paul L. Willis, Director, SGM Clyde Smith, Operations Officer

The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp Program in Jackson Public Schools has been developed over seven decades. The first JROTC program in Jackson Public Schools was started in Central High School on 1936, and transferred to Lanier High School in 1971 after the program at Central was phased out. Today the Army JROTC Program is alive and well in all seven JPS high schools. Since the program began, thousands of students have been exposed to the ideals of leadership, character development, and citizenship training provided by JROTC.


JROTC staff are committed to establishing a legacy of excellence as they strive to accomplish their mission- "to motivate young people to be better citizens." They prepare high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.


The objectives of JPS' Junior ROTC program are to develop students/cadets who are:

  • Aware of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
  • Prepare to be good leaders; willing to show initiative and take charge
  • Able to think logically and communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing
  • Committed to improving physical fitness
  • Committed to living drug-free
  • Instilled with self-discipline and positive self motivation
  • Aware of the historical perspective of the military services
  • Aware of the importance of teamwork
  • Imbuled with the core character traits/values for successful living
  • Aware of their strengths and weaknesses
  • Aware of the problem solving/decision-making process for resolving issues
  • Adaptable and confident
  • Prepared for successful living upon graduation from high school

Instructional Program

The JROTC program of instruction focuses on the development of better citizens through the development of skills in Citizenship; Leadership Theory and Application; Science; and American History. JROTC classes are conducted in a structured interactive enviornment and the JROTC classrooms are equipped with technology and tools to enhance student participation and learning. This course of study is normally completed in four years at a traditional high school (Grades 9-12). JROTC instructors are all highly qualified and experienced military veterans who have successfully completed 20 or more years of service in our Armed Forces.


JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge is a seven- to eight-day program conducted during the summer, which supplements the JROTC curriculum for selected junior or senior cadets. Focus is placed on providing cadets with hands-on, potential through training conducted in an outdoor, field enviornment. Classes in math and science are included as part of this experience.

JPS and United States Army Cooperation

JROTC is a cooperative effort on the part of the Army and the school district to provide high school students with opportunities for total development. Students enrolled in JROTC incur absolutely no military obligation. However, satisfactory completion of the program or advanced rank in the Armed Forces should graduates decide to pursue either of those options.

JROTC is one of the Army's contributions to assisting America's youth to become better citizens. The program produces successful students and productive adults, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning enviornment. This program makes substantial contributions to the community and ultimately to the nation's future. It is the centerpiece of the Department of Defense commitment to America's Promise for Youth through its emphasis on community service and teen anti-drug efforts.