The JROTC program's mission is stated in theNational Defense Ace of 1916: The purpose of JROTC is "to install in studentsthe value of citizenship, service to the United States, personalresponsibility, and a sense of accomplishment."
To this end, the NSTC has established specific goals for the NJROTC program. These goals are as follows:
- Promote Patriotism. This means love of country, respect for the flag, and pride in the government and American way of life.
- Develop informed and responsible citizens. NJROTC should make students aware of their responsibilities, duties and rights.
- Promote habits of orderliness and precision. Experience shows that such habits help people succeed in life.
- Develop a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, self-discipline, and leadership. These qualities are embodied by the Navy's Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
- Promote understanding of the basic elements and requirements for national security. Students should understand the need for armed forces and their relationship to a democratic government.
- Develop respect for and an understanding of the need for constituted authority in a democratic society. Students should understand why we have laws and governments.
- Provide incentives to live healthy and drug-free lives. Students should know how drug use and other harmful actions affect both themselves and others.
- Develop leadership potential. The NJROTC program provides students with a wide range of opportunities to test themselves in leadership roles such as leading a drill team and performing a staff job.
- Promote high school completion. Students should know the value of their education.
- Provide information on the military services as a possible career. While the program in no way should be considered a recruiting program and participation in no way incurs service obligation, those who express interest in a military career will be afforded opportunities not found in other schools.