The Goals of Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps

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Popular Value? There are a number of eminent boons associated with the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC), a program which is offered as an elective at public high schools across the nation. However, many of these positives do not directly correlate to academic achievement. An explanation of this fact partially stems from the very nature of the program as an elective, it is limited in the amount of educational value it can impart to students, which is certainly lesser than that of the value afforded students via daily coursework offered in standard classes. Importantly, the public funds of the JROTC make it a viable option for students in light of regulations regarding federal and state regulations limitations mandated by 1995's Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (Dilger and Bess, 2008, p. 1). Yet a thorough analysis of this program, which includes the Navy JROTC as well as that relating to the Army, Air Force and Marines, indicates that the positives associated with this program include both tangible and intangible aspects, which rewards America's high school students both during and after their postsecondary careers. In order to determine the degree of efficacy the JROTC produces within the lives of its students, it is first necessary to elucidate the history of this program, which was implemented on a nationwide level in 1916 yet had individual components as far back as the latter portion of the 19the century (Pema and Mehay, 2009, p. 533). The program
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