Marine Corps Junior ROTC



We value our partnership with schools across America. MCJROTC is at its essence a Leadership Education Program meant solely to develop character and citizenship. Although a comprehensive learning environment anchored in a military structure is not for all students, there is a body of defendable academic knowledge that clearly articulates the significant benefit to those that choose to participate. Our curriculum was the first to be nationally accredited under CITA/SACS and is directly linked to National Standards. Responding to local challenges, MCJROTC Programs can be implemented in any one of several configurations to include a traditional model, cluster, school within a school, and stand alone academy. In an environment of fiscal challenges, many School Districts find a cooperative relationship attractive allowing them to provide curricular options at a significantly lower cost.


Since its inception in 1916, the JROTC program has been viewed as a strong program that provides youth with much-needed skills in citizenship and leadership. Additionally, numerous studies have shown that students who participate in JROTC programs have better attendance, grades, and graduation rates relative to students who were in general academic programs. Principals and school administrators also maintain positive attitudes toward JROTC because these programs:

      ~ Motivate students to learn
      ~ Foster a disciplined and constructive learning environment
      ~ Instill essential skills like time organization, responsibility, goal setting,

         and teamwork



Marine Corps JROTC cadets participate in numerous activities, including:

  • Color Guard

  • Drill Team

  • Field Trips

  • Marksmanship

  • Community Service



The criteria for determining eligibility to participate in MCJROTC are:

  1. High school enrollment

  2. Citizenship

  3. Physical fitness


High School Enrollment

In order to participate in MCJROTC, you must be enrolled in and attending a regular course of instruction in a high school where a MCJROTC unit is located. You may not attend one high school and participate in the MCJROTC program of another high school


Students enrolled in the MCJROTC program must be in one of the following three citizenship categories:

1. Citizens of the United States
2. Nationals of the United States

3. Aliens lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence


Physical Fitness

Participation in the MCJROTC also requires that students meet health and physical standards. The Semper Fit Fitness Program is the MCJROTC physical fitness program conducted throughout the school year. Cadets must have current school physical evaluations certifying that they are physically fit for participation in the program. The Semper Fit Fitness program focuses on more than just the physical fitness training aspect; it also provides wellness training to include good nutrition and stress reduction.


The Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps program mission is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.

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Colonel Michael Brown

Colonel Brown was born in Key West, Florida in 1967. His father was a U.S. Marine and Colonel Brown has lived in numerous places as a young man and as a Marine himself. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May 1989 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program at Purdue University. He actively participated in the NROTC program for four years and was also a member of the Purdue Varsity Baseball team 1986-1987. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Supervision from Purdue University and a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies and Joint Campaign Planning from the National Defense University.

His military schools included The Basic School, Motor Transport Officer’s Course, U.S. Airborne School, Mountain Leaders Course, Amphibious Warfare School, U.S. Army Combined Logistics Officer’s Advanced Course, Command and Staff College and Joint Advanced Warfighting School.

Colonel Brown was a logistics officer and has served as a Platoon Commander, Company Commander, Battalion Commander and Colonel-level command. His staff assignments include tours at various commands including Battalion, Division, Marine Logistics Group, Marine Expeditionary Force, Combatant Command and the Joint Staff. His operational deployments include Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Joint Task Force-6 along the US/Mexican border and three tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Colonel Brown’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (w/cluster), Meritorious Service Medal (w/3 gold stars), Navy Commendation Medal (w/ gold star) and the Combat Action Ribbon.

Colonel Brown retired from the Marines in 2018 and has spent the last three years as the President of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. He is married to the former Sharon Ruppe of Toms River, New Jersey. They have two school-aged children, Nicholas and Hannah, as well as two Labrador retrievers named Sadie and Dovey.


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Color Guard
A Marine Corps JROTC unit’s Color Guard is often a very active representative of the unit at pubic events.   Whether it’s presenting the American Flag at high school basketball or football games, National Honor Society events, or school board meetings, the MCJROTC Color Guard stands ready to serve its host school.  In the community, MCJROTC Color Guards perform at parades, ceremonies, and sporting events.  Several Color Guard units have performed at professional sporting events, including Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Basketball Association (NBA), and Major League Soccer (MLS).  


Drill Team
Marine Corps Junior ROTC Cadets across the nation dedicate countless hours to the closeorder drill. It is written into the MCJROTC curriculum as a means of instilling discipline and esprit de corps, and continues to be one of the finest methods for developing confidence and leadership abilities of Cadets.  Units compete at local, state, regional and national Drill Team competitions throughout the year.  While fostering a friendly and entertaining environment, these competitions provide MCJROTC Cadets an opportunity to showcase their hours of dedication and tremendous marching skills.  Marine Corps JROTC units continue to enjoy success at the annual National High School Drill Team Championships in Daytona Beach, FL


Field Trips
Marine Corps Junior ROTC units are provided an opportunity to conduct field trips on a biennial basis. These trips enable MCJROTC instructors to take their lesson plans outside of the classroom and apply them to authentic situations.  Cadets are presented with leadership challenges and mentored by their instructors throughout the learning experience.  At the same time, Cadets gain a unique perspective of today’s military by conducting a variety of team building and confidence strengthening events.  Field trips continue to be a very popular portion of the MCJROTC curriculum.


Marksmanship is an integral part of the MCJROTC curriculum. With an emphasis on safety, the MCJROTC Marksmanship curriculum allows cadets to develop pride and a sense of accomplishment as they become more proficient with their marksmanship skills. Cadets will shoot the Daisy 853CM, an air rifle specifically designed exclusively for MCJROTC. Cadets will qualify and compete using the Three-Position Air Rifle Shooting standards. Three-Position Air Rifle Shooting is the most popular and fastest growing form of shooting sports competition for youth of high school age or younger. Two different Three-Position Air Rifle events are available. Precision Air Rifle is modeled after Olympic-style shooting and allows the use of specialized target rifles and equipment. Sporter Air Rifle is designed for new competitors or those who desire to compete with a minimum of equipment and expense. In both types of shooting, competitors fire at targets at a distance of 10 meters in three different positions, prone, standing and kneeling. Sporter and precision air rifle classes may also be combined into one “open” class. Three-Position Air Rifle provides young competitors with competitive shoting sports opportunities that can be offered on a wide variety of easily accessible or easily constructed ranges, with equipment that is commonly available at affordable costs.

Marine Corps JROTC Units are afforded the opportunity to participate in marksmanship competitions sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).


Community Service
Over the years, Marine Corps JROTC Cadets have volunteered countless hours of community service to their surrounding communities.  Cadets have volunteered their time to assist food banks, remove litter in the community, visit the elderly and the sick, and in a multitude of other capacities.  MCJROTC Cadets conduct community service as a part of their MCJROTC education while contributing to their own development as citizens of this democratic society. Marine Corps JROTC cadets support many volunteer and non-profit organizations, including the American Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity, the March of Dimes, the Red Cross, and the Salvation Army.


Q. What does the MCJROTC program do?
A. The MCJROTC program:

  • Promotes Patriotism

  • Develops informed and responsible citizens

  • Develops respect for constructed authority

  • Develops a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline and leadership

  • Promotes an understanding of the basic elements and need for national security

  • Provides information on the military services as a possible career

  • Promotes community service

  • Develops leadership potential

  • Promotes high school completion

  • Provides incentive to live healthy and drug free


Q. What are the student enrollment eligibility requirements?

A. Student enrollment eligibility requirements are:

  • Be enrolled in and attending a regular course of instruction in a grade 9 through 12 at the school hosting the unit.

  • Be physically qualified to participate fully in the physical education program of the host school.

  • Be selected by the MCJROTC instructor with the approval of the school principal or his/her representative.

  • Maintain acceptable standards of academic achievement and an academic standing that warrants at least normal progression leading to graduation.

  • Maintain acceptable standards of conduct.

  • Comply with specified personal grooming standards. Common sense and good judgment apply to the attainment of these standards. Standards will not be relaxed so as to reflect disgrace on the United States Marine Corps.


Q. What are the benefits of MCJROTC?
A. Benefits include:

  • Approximately 60 percent of the MCJROTC cadets graduating seniors continue to higher education.

  • MCJROTC provides the opportunity for secondary school students to learn the basic elements and need for national security and their personal obligations as Americans.

  • The program enhances the image of the military in the eyes of the community by providing a chance for success to the nation's youth.

  • While the training is along military lines, it is conducted so as to encourage initiative and individuality to develop natural gifts, to teach self-control, develop personal character, responsibility and qualities of integrity, loyalty, and dedication.

  • Cadets derive self-esteem from belonging to MCJROTC.

  • MCJROTC cadets are better behaved, have higher attendance, are role models for the avoidance of substance abuse, have higher self-esteem, develop positive life skills, graduate at a higher rate, and are an excellent source of service accessions.

  • The values, principles, and self-discipline taught in MCJROTC promotes positive, productive behaviors.

  • The MCJROTC program is motivational in encouraging cadets to graduate from high school.

  • Cadets presenting evidence of successful completion of at least 3 years of MCJROTC are entitled to advanced promotion to pay grade E-3 upon initial enlistment in an active or reserve component of the Navy or Air Force and pay grade E-2 in the Army or Marine Corps.

  • Cadets accepted for enlistment, who provide evidence of successful completion of 2 years of a MCJROTC program are entitled to be enlisted in pay grade E-2 (except in the Marine Corps and Air Force).

  • Senior Marine Instructor is authorized to nominate a maximum of three eligible cadets each year to compete for U.S. Naval Academy appointments.


Q. What subjects are included in the curriculum?

A. The wide variety of subjects includes the following:

  • CITIZENSHIP -- Provides all aspects of citizenship to include patriotism, citizenship requirements, civic responsibilities, and national defense.

  • LEADERSHIP -- An ongoing study of the principles and practical application of leadership with emphasis on providing opportunities for students to exercise and develop their own leadership abilities.

  • PERSONAL GROWTH AND RESPONSIBILITY --: Provides information and requires cadet involvement in physical fitness, health, hygiene, nutrition, social skills, written and oral communication and personal finance.

  • PUBLIC SERVICE AND CAREER EXPLORATION -- Provides information on career preparation and opportunities for public service.

  • GENERAL MILITARY SUBJECTS -- Explains all aspects of MCJROTC administration, drill and ceremonies, uniforms, clothing and equipment, customs, courtesies and traditions of the Marine Corps, ranks structure, chain of command, military history, marksmanship, first aid, guard duty, land navigation, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).


Q. Who are the MCJROTC Instructors?
A. MCJROTC instructors are:

Retired Marine Corps, commissioned officers, warrant officers, and enlisted personnel, E-6 through O-6, who have served a minimum of 20 years of active duty. The Head of the Department of Marine Corps Leadership Program at a school hosting an MCJROTC program is called the Senior Marine Instructor (SMI). The SMI is the commissioned officer or Warrant Officer (with degree) employed by the school.  Enlisted personnel or warrant officers and LDOs without degrees employed by the school in the MCJROTC program are called Marine Instructors (MI). Warrant Officers or LDOs with a Baccalaureate degree may also apply to the school for employment as an SMI. The minimum education requirement for SMIs is a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.


Q. For whom do the MCJROTC instructors work?
A.  MCJROTC Instructors:

Are employees of the school and are responsible to the school authorities and Marine Corps JROTC for the conduct of the program. The SMI works for the principal and is the direct supervisor of the MI. The school and the instructor mutually agree on the length of the instructor’s contract (not less than 10 months per year). Even though the instructor’s contracts are with the schools, the Marine Corps reserves the right to remove instructors from the program through decertification action if their performance or conduct is unsatisfactory.

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