The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the best character
development and citizen programs for youths in the world. The program established at Van
Nuys Senior High ensures that we live to that expectation. We are committed to creating a
secure and safe environment where students will become academically capable and
self-sufficient individuals, effective communicators, critical and analytical thinkers, self-directed
lifelong learners, and responsible and ethical citizens.
Why Join Army Junior ROTC
■ To appreciate the ethical values and principles that underlie good citizenship.
■ To develop leadership potential, while living and working cooperatively with others.
■ To be able to think logically and to communicate effectively with others, both orally and
■ To appreciate the importance of physical fitness in maintaining good health.
■ To understand the importance of high school graduation for a successful future, and
learn about college and other advanced educational and employment opportunities.
■ To develop mental management abilities.
■ To become familiar with military history as it relates to America's culture, and understand
the history, purpose, and structure of military services.
■ To develop the skills necessary to work effectively as a member of a team.
We 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.
JROTC is not a recruitment program for the military services; there is no military obligation for
participating in the JROTC program. Students successfully completing two or more years in the
program may receive advanced promotions upon enlistment into a branch of the armed
The JROTC Curriculum
JROTC curriculum provides equitable and challenging academic content and authentic learning
experiences for all Cadets. All lessons are designed using a four-part model to motivate the
Cadet, allow the Cadet to learn new information, practice competency, and apply the
competency to a real-life situation. Moreover, the four-part model requires Cadets to
collaborate, reflect, develop critical thinking skills, and integrate content with other disciplines.
JROTC curriculum includes lessons in leadership, health and wellness, physical fitness, first-aid,
geography, American history and government, communications, and emotional intelligence.
Events are a big portion of our program, and these will be co-curricular, demonstrating their
attainment from the JROTC Curriculum. Some of these activities include Raider Challenge
competitions, JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB), JROTC Cadet Leadership
Challenge (JCLC), and many more listed on our event sub-page.