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Information Paper – JROTC and NDCC Programs:

1. Army JROTC has a long and proud tradition of service to the nation through the betterment of its youth. Public and private educational institutions apply for JROTC units and commit to share costs and meet standards. A minimum of 100 Cadets in grades 9 – 12 organized into a chain of command make up a JROTC unit.

Two instructors, normally consisting of one retired officer (the Senior Army Instructor, or SAI) and one noncommissioned officer (the Army Instructor or AI) teach a rigorous curriculum and supervise Cadets in all their activities. Additional staffing may be authorized for enrollments above 150 Cadets. Services reimburse schools for a percentage of instructor pay and provide uniforms, equipment, and an accredited and rigorous curriculum. The study of ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, life skills and other subjects designed to prepare young men and woman to take their place in adult society, evolved as the core of the program.

2. A National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) program is virtually identical to JROTC except it is fully funded by schools that choose to pursue a JROTC unit without financial assistance from the Army. The NDCC unit is an excellent alternative for schools that wish to expedite a program. The school incurs all costs, to include Instructor salaries, uniforms, and daily operational expenses. The Army will supply curriculum material for the Instructors and the students/Cadets. The Army will also supply forms and regulations that are required to successfully conduct the program. Schools hosting an NDCC unit must comply with statutory and regulatory guidance as regular JROTC units; specifically, units must employ a minimum of two Instructors certified by HQ USACC.

3. The following steps are required for establishing a JROTC/NDCC program:

  1. Click on the box on the tab above that says Establish a Program.
  2. Click on the Information Paper link for the JROTC and NDCC programs.
  3. Determine the appropriate program you would like to apply for.
  4. Select the program application you would like to apply for:
    1. NDCC
    2. JROTC
  5. Complete the desired application.
  6. Mail completed applications to the appropriate Brigade address in your state. The addresses for the JROTC brigades are listed on the JROTC web site.

4. If you have additional questions, please feel free to call us at (502) 624-1649 or e-mail Mr. Billy Smith at

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