Malemute Battalion

Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps



  1. What is JROTC?

    The Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps, or JROTC program, includes full credit elective courses which provide interesting classroom instruction combined with the opportunity to serve the school and community, participate in extra-curricular activities, enjoy active social programs, and have the opportunity for early leadership responsibilities.

  2. What exactly is taught in class?

    The material covered in JROTC varies throughout the year, with short segments on a variety of topics related to leadership, the armed forces and the nation. The Army JROTC curriculum includes such topics as US military history, personal hygiene, human relations, staff functions and procedures, first aid, military map reading, techniques of oral communications, safety, orienteering, drill and ceremonies, leadership and civil defense.

  3. Will I be in the armed forces or will I have to go into the service?

    Of course not! There is absolutely no obligation of any kind to any of the armed services and most students have no interest in going into the military after graduation. For those who are interested, however, there are some very real benefits.

  4. What about the instructors? Are they in the armed forces?

    No. JROTC instructors are retired military officers and senior non-commissioned officers. They are high school faculty members and employees of the Fairbanks/North Star Borough School District like all other teachers. They are certified by the Army as instructors as well as possessing teaching certificates from the state of Alaska.

  5. How much does the course cost?

    There are no special costs associated with this course. Course materials, uniforms, supplies, equipment and the military or the school covers most other costs. Personal items such as undergarments and such things as meals on field trips are not covered. Fund raising projects are scheduled as needed to raise funds for special equipment and projects.

  6. What are the benefits I can gain from this course?

    Aside from the normal benefits of a good high school course, there are some very real benefits for those who want to take advantage of them.

    (1) All the military services give up to two pay grades (two ranks) advanced standing for people who enlist after having successfully completed three or more years of Junior ROTC courses in High school.

    (2) Many colleges give advance standing and credit for completion of the JROTC program to students who are enrolled in college ROTC.

    (3) For those who are interested in fully paid college scholarships and those seeking Service Academy appointments, JROTC instructors have been successful each year in helping high school students obtain ROTC scholarships an service academy appointments worth up to $250,000 each are awarded to qualified high school students annually.

  7. What kind of credits do I get from JROTC?

    The course carries full elective credit toward graduation, just like all other academic courses. Participating in summer camp will give you ¼ credit towards PE (this is not available to 8th graders).

  8. Are both girls and boys enrolled?

    The JROTC program prides itself in diversity as well as equal opprotunity. With an average of 30 to 75% females to males, there are plenty of spots for anyone to fit in and feel comfertable.

  9. Do I wear a uniform?

    A uniform is provided free and is worn normally once a week. The uniform consists of pants, shirt, socks and beret. Team members will be issued a coat and bureau for competitions. The student is responsible for the care of the uniform while it is in their possession.

  10. Do boys have to get a short haircuts?

    Boy’s hair must be neatly trimmed. The length and bulk will not be excessive or present a ragged, unkempt or extreme appearance. Hair will not fall over the eyebrows or extend below the top edge of the collar when combed.

  11. Can I participate in band and varsity sports?

    Certainly. JROTC students are active in every phase of the school from varsity football to chorus. Whenever possible, JROTC extra curricular group activities practices are scheduled so as not to conflict with other practices and meetings.

  12. How much time does JROTC take?

    You can spend as much or as little time on JROTC as you want. You must go to class just like all other courses, but activities like the drill team, color guard or saber team are optional. They are there for you if your grades allow and you want to participate. Certainly, the more involved you are, the more benefits you are likely to get from the course.

  13. What are the activities available to JROTC students?

    The JROTC unit supports a wide range of activities, with the exact number depending on the interests of the cadets (students). There are too many possible activities to cover in detail in one fact sheet. Mentioned above are things like competition/exhibition drill teams and color guard. There are summer camps, field trips to military posts and bases as well as other ways to become involved and to have fun.

  14. What will my friends think when I wear a uniform in school?

    It is human nature to notice something new about a person you know and this certainly applies to JROTC students. JROTC is a popular and respected organization in the school, so minor “self consciousness” caused by wearing something different is seldom a problem for long.

  15. What kind of recognition can i get for my participation in JROTC?

    There are a large number of awards, which are given for participation and achievement in JROTC. The unit gives some, some are given by the school and others by local civic and patriotic groups. All are available for everyone to seek. Involvement, efforts and being an active part of the group are the main requirements.

  16. What about the leadership training?

    JROTC is the only formal course on instruction in the district that has formal instruction in leadership as well as applied leadership opportunities. The course also encourages practical application by giving the students the opportunity to run their extra-curricular groups and manage many aspects of the JROTC program.

  17. How can I enroll?

    If you are in the 8th grade and will be enrolled in high school the coming school year; are making satisfactory progress in school; will be at least 14 years old by the end of the first semester of high school; have no serious medical problems, all you have to do is list JROTC on your course selection card. If all academic and other requirements are met, you will be enrolled. Ninth, tenth, and eleventh grade students desiring to enroll in JROTC the next year, should inform one of the on campus JROTC instructors or your counselor that you would like to enroll in JROTC.

  18. What if I enroll and don't like it?

    You shouldn’t sign up for a course you do not want; however, it is sometime difficult to know about something new. If you find that JROTC is not for you, your counselor and the JROTC teachers will work together to find you an alternative course. You should, however, give careful consideration to the requirements of the JROTC course before you enroll because schedule changes are a poor substitute for advance planning. Any schedule changes will have to be made before the third week of the semester.

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