Junior ROTC is a program of the United States Army designed to motivate young people to become better citizens. IDEA PCS believes that participation in JROTC instills in students strong leadership abilities, good character, a commitment to service, and an understanding of the importance of outstanding citizenship in their communities. While some students who participate in JROTC may go on to military service after high school or after college, the skills acquired in JROTC will prepare all students for success.

WATCH THIS VIDEO ABOUT CAMP SUCCESS–a JROTC training program that IDEA scholars participated in over the summer.


IDEA PCS’ JROTC unit has been designated an Honor Unit by the US Army JROTC governing body. Individual cadets are recognized for their achievements with medals and ribbons that are added to their uniforms. Download the list of JROTC ribbons and medals.


The JROTC program is led by Major Terrence Lewis. To learn more, contact Maj. Lewis at

In JROTC classes, students learn

  • Leadership principles, planning, strategy, and application
  • Communication skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Financial planning
  • Presenting skills
  • Map reading
  • First aid and CPR
  • Drug safety

Students improve in the areas of

  • Physical fitness
  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Motivation

Students can participate in afterschool and weekend JROTC activities such as

  • Marksmanship safety
  • Drill competitions
  • Color guard
  • Academic challenge team
  • Land navigation team
  • Service learning projects
  • Weekend adventure drill
  • Military ball
  • Essay contest
  • Summer leadership challenge
  • Cadet challenge-physical fitness competition
Raider challenge is a special JROTC event in which cadets compete in a several events to test their speed, agility, resourcefulness, and intelligence. A tough day-long event, Raider challenge brings out the best in cadets and helps them realize they possess strengths they never imagined.