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JROTC History

JROTC Mission is "To Motivate Young People To Be Better Citizens." 

JROTC History Timeline

The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) 

  • One of the largest character development and citizenship programs for youth in the world.


  • National Defense Act of 1916 established organized JROTC programs at public and private educational institutions.


  • In 1964, the Vitalization Act opened JROTC up to the other services replaced most of the active duty instructors with retirees.


  • JROTC salary is cost-shared between the U.S. Army and the school


Congressionally mandated by Title 10 United States Code, Section 2031Each military service sponsoring a JROTC program is designed to “instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” 


  Nixa High School JROTC 

  • Established in 1996 as part of an expansion initiative approved by the U.S. Congress


  • Highly regarded JROTC program throughout the Southwest Missouri area


  • Designated as an Honor Unit with Distinction program for the past 22 years


  • Supports multiple co-curricular competitive and non-competitive teams


  Co-Curricular activities 

  • Drill Team

  • Color Guard

  • Raider Team

  • Air Rifle Marksmanship Team

  • CyberPatriot

  • VEX Robotics

  • Academic Team

  • Leadership Team

  • Orienteering/Land Navigation

  • Staff Rides

  • JROTC Olympics

  • Community Events

  • JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC)