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posted Oct 27, 2014, 6:20 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 9:19 AM ]

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)

Col. Paul Willis, Director
2221 Boling Street • Jackson, MS 39213
Phone: (601) 987-4931 • Fax: (601) 982-2470


The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp Program in Jackson Public Schools has been developed over seven decades. The first JROTC program in Jackson Public Schools was started in Central High School on 1936, and transferred to Lanier High School in 1971 after the program at Central was phased out. Today the Army JROTC Program is alive and well in all eight JPS high schools. Since the program began, thousands of students have been exposed to the ideals of leadership, character development, and citizenship training provided by JROTC.


JROTC staff are committed to establishing a legacy of excellence as they strive to accomplish their mission- "to motivate young people to be better citizens." They prepare high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community, and nation.


The objectives of JPS' Junior ROTC program are to develop students/cadets who are:

  • Aware of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
  • Prepare to be good leaders; willing to show initiative and take charge
  • Able to think logically and communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing
  • Committed to improving physical fitness
  • Committed to living drug-free
  • Instilled with self-discipline and positive self motivation
  • Aware of the historical perspective of the military services
  • Aware of the importance of teamwork
  • Imbuled with the core character traits/values for successful living
  • Aware of their strengths and weaknesses
  • Aware of the problem solving/decision-making process for resolving issues
  • Adaptable and confident
  • Prepared for successful living upon graduation from high school