The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is established to promote citizenship and foster success in high school students. Our mission is accomplished through a varied curriculum and extra-curricular activities. There are over 1794 Army programs in high schools across the United States. There are over 3000 programs representing all 4 services of the military.
Army JROTC Instructors are retired Army Officers and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers. Instructors must certify through US Army Cadet Command and attend continuous education seminars and conferences to remain certified. Instructors are certified to conduct Rappelling (US Army Cadet Command) and Marksmanship (Civilian Marksmanship Program & NRA).
Classes are conducted during normal daily school periods. The curriculum spans many subject areas and often ties math, English and History together. Wentworth Military Academy is a member of the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS). This allows the program to teach a greatly expanded curriculum including more subject areas that may be applicable to the student body.
Citizenship subjects include: Leadership, Diversity, Group Dynamics, Decision Making, Goal Setting, Government Organization, Communicating, Running Meetings, Instructing. Health subjects include: First Aid, Diet, Physical Conditioning, Substance Abuse. Self Development subjects include: Self Assessment, Personal Financial Planning, Occupation Exploration, Winning Colors, Resume Writing, Personnel Success Profiler, Problem Solving. Military Subjects include: Drill and Ceremony, Rappelling, Knot Tying, Map Reading, and Orienteering. Subjects vary based on the level of each cadet.
The Red Dragon Battalion sponsors 3 different extra-curricular activities based on interest.
The Raider Team consists of 8 members (more than one team can be formed). Teams compete with other JROTC programs in this region. The team works together to perform adventure challenges. The team attends Raider Meets at other schools. Each meet consist of 6-9 events. Standard events include: Army Physical Fitness Test , 10 Kilometer Race, Rope Bridge Construction, First Aid, Knot Tying, Obstacle Course, Poncho Raft Swim, as well as endurance & confidence challenge events. Teams must be in good condition and practice to be competitive. The Raider Team competes in both Fall and Spring.
The Drill Team competes with a minimum of 12 members in regulation military drill, both armed (rifles) and unarmed. There is also a competitive/exhibition Color Guard. The Red Dragons compete regionally with 6-8 Drill meets during the winter (Dec-Mar).
The Rifle Marksmanship Team competes using CO2 or compressed air pellet rifles firing at precision competition targets on a 10-meter range. The team attends head-to-head competitions as well as postal meets. The governing body for competitions is the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The targets and range operations are the same as the 10-meter Olympic Competition. Rifle Team participates in the fall.