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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 Sgt. Useeth Davis. To learn more, contact Sgt. Davis 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.
IDEA Alum Quincy French Commissioned into USMC
This summer the IDEA family, including JROTC instructors Major Lewis and Sergeant Bee, celebrated the commissioning of class of 2012 graduate Quincy French into the United States Marine Corps. Second Lieutenant French is now in training at Marine Corps Base Quantico. Congratulations to Second Lieutenant French!

Sgt. Bee Reports to Former Cadet for Recertification

IDEA JROTC instructor Sgt. Bee recently traveled to Fort Knox, Kentucky Cadet Command School for recertification. He was assigned a soldier from US Army Military Intelligence to conduct his background investigation for clearance. It was the soldier’s first day on the job at Fort Knox after reporting for duty from Hawaii. Sgt. Bee quickly realized that the soldier was Specialist Charles Flowers, valedictorian of the IDEA class of 2007 and former executive officer of IDEA’s JROTC unit. Spec. Flowers was nominated for the Cadet Command Hall of Fame, earned his degree in engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and plans to attend Officer Candidate School. “Flowers is a wonderful example of how to be prepared for post-secondary opportunities and becoming a productive citizen who contributes to his community,” said IDEA JROTC instructor Maj. Terrence Lewis.

Retired Special Agent Speaks to JROTC Cadets
On December 7, retired Special Agent Rhonda Carver-Holmes spoke with IDEA's JROTC class about her distinguished career, which included 33 years of service in the FBI, CIA, and US Military JOINT Special Operations Command. She had previously invited our JROTC color guard to support her retirement ceremony and presented us with photos of cadets at her ceremony. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us, Special Agent Carver-Holmes!