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Cadet Corps (ROTC)

The Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program in high school is an educational program sponsored by the United States Armed Forces. It is designed to provide students with an opportunity to gain leadership skills, physical fitness, and an understanding of military principles. The California Cadet Corps class in the San Bernardino City Unified School District meets the elective or PE credit for the High School level. The course includes instruction in health, wellness and fitness development, drill and ceremonies (marching), explicit instruction in basic military subjects, and instruction in the 4 California Cadet Corps standards, including first aid, emergency preparedness, map reading, leadership, citizenship, and patriotism. Classroom instruction includes notes, assessments, physical education and uniforms. All after school activities are voluntary. Some of the military principles showed include:

  • Purpose: The primary purpose of the high school ROTC program is to instill the values of leadership, teamwork, and discipline in students while providing an introduction to military concepts. It does not require a commitment to military service after graduation.
  • Sponsored by the Armed Forces: ROTC programs are sponsored by the different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. High school students can choose the branch that aligns with their interests.
  • Curriculum: The ROTC curriculum typically consists of a combination of classroom instruction, physical fitness training, and leadership development activities. Students learn about military history, customs and courtesies, physical training, and drill and ceremony.
  • Leadership Training: ROTC places a strong emphasis on leadership development. Students are taught how to lead, communicate effectively, and work as part of a team. They may hold leadership positions within their ROTC unit.
  • Physical Fitness: Physical fitness is a crucial component of the program. Students participate in regular physical training sessions to improve their strength, endurance, and overall fitness.


  • Uniform Wear: ROTC students often wear a designated uniform, which may include a military-style uniform or a ROTC-specific uniform. This uniform helps instill a sense of discipline and pride in students.
  • Community Involvement: Many ROTC programs encourage community involvement and service. Students may participate in volunteer activities, leadership conferences, and other events that help them develop a sense of civic responsibility.
  • Scholarship Opportunities: Some ROTC programs offer scholarship opportunities to high school students who plan to pursue higher education. These scholarships can cover tuition, fees, and provide a monthly stipend in exchange for a commitment to serve in the military after college.
  • No Military Service Obligation: It's important to note that participation in high school ROTC does not obligate students to join the military after graduation. The program is meant to provide valuable skills and experiences, but it is entirely voluntary.
  • College ROTC Programs: High school ROTC programs serve as a pipeline for students interested in continuing their military education and potentially pursuing a commission as an officer in the armed forces through college ROTC programs.
  • Life Skills: Beyond military and leadership skills, students in ROTC gain valuable life skills, such as time management, discipline, and teamwork, which can be beneficial in various career paths.

High school ROTC programs offer a structured and disciplined environment that can be appealing to students interested in developing leadership skills and exploring the military as a potential career option. Even for those not planning to pursue military service, the program can provide a strong foundation for personal and professional growth.

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