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Through participation in the learning process cadets are able to get a deeper understanding of the subjects and how they may apply what they have learned.
Unit 1 - Introduction to JROTC - A Character and Leadership Development ProgramIntroduces cadets to American symbols, customs, and traditions and the history and purpose of Army JROTC. An introduction to the Department of Defense and other services presents the differences and similarities of each service and their unique roles in the defense of the nation.
Chapter 1: Foundations of Army JROTC and Getting InvolvedPurpose: This introductory unit gives a greater appreciation of American symbols, customs, and traditions and the history and purpose of Army JROTC. Cadets will have the opportunity to self-assess their own motives for joining JROTC.
Chapter 2: The Nation’s Defense ForcesPurpose:Introduces cadets to the Department of Defense and the military services. Cadets will learn about the different missions of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine through research and guest speakers discussing their service. Cadets will investigate the joint operations issues and interrelationships of the services in a conflict or peacetime environment.
Unit 2 Leadership Theory and ApplicationIntroduces cadets to basic leadership concepts (principles, styles, values, the BE, KNOW, and DO attributes, planning process, decision-making/problem-solving process, and supervision). Cadets will have the opportunity to demonstrate - and be assessed/evaluated on – their leadership potential through the application of those concepts in command or staff positions. This Unit also takes a look at understanding human needs as well as race relations and equal opportunity. It also introduces cadets to mentoring and prepares them to participate in a mentoring relationship. Chapter 4, Leadership Lab, contains all the lesson material for drill, from novice to expert.
Chapter 1: Being a LeaderPurpose: Introduces cadets to leadership, its definition, the importance of knowing and applying basic leadership skills (principles, styles, values, the BE, KNOW, and DO attributes). Cadets will have the opportunity to demonstrate - and be assessed/evaluated on - their leadership potential through the application of those concepts in command or staff positions. This chapter also takes a look at understanding human needs as well as race relations and equal opportunity.
Chapter 2: Knowing How to LeadPurpose:Continues to build cadets’ leadership development by concentrating on basic individual leadership responsibilities/techniques and introducing the responsibilities of team leaders. Cadets will have the opportunity to identify the impact of their actions on themselves as well as on other team members in the areas of individual responsibility, self-reliance, follower -ship, and teamwork. Introduces cadets to the basic principles of management - including time management, how leaders use these principles to effectively manage resources, and the basic differences between leadership and management techniques.
Chapter 3: Leading Situations
Purpose: Introduces cadets to the elements of a leadership situation, the factors that can influence each element, how leaders can create a positive leadership situation, and the results or benefits of a favorable leadership situation. Focuses on negotiating, decision making, problem solving, planning, team development, project management, and mentoring.
Chapter 4: Leadership Lab
Purpose: Gives cadets the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency as a drill participant and/or drill leader during drill (with or without arms), inspections, and/or ceremonies and to demonstrate leadership potential in an assigned command or staff position within the cadet battalion. Gives cadet leaders (officers) the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in the manual of arms for the saber. Gives the cadets practical time exercising theories and practices learned in other leadership lessons.
Foundations for Success
Introduces cadets to the essential skills they will need to maximize learning potential and future success. Cadets will assess their current skill set and work to develop their maximum potential. Cadets will apply learning theory and techniques to improve study, communication, teaching, and planning skills. Social responsibility, conflict resolution, and service learning opportunities provide further cadet development.
Chapter 1: Know Yourself—Socrates
Purpose: Introduces cadets to: brain theories and the learning process; how information is perceived and organized by the brain; and how each individual has a preferred or dominant way of learning, including a preferred learning environment. This chapter creates self-awareness and promotes personal intelligence that will empower cadets to think clearly, solve problems, make decisions, and enjoy success in school and in life. Cadets will have the opportunity to determine and study their preferred perceptual learning style and to complete a Personal Skills Map that provides more information on how they learn and provide feedback to others. Cadets will use self-assessments to determine their current skill set, communication powers, brain dominance, learning styles, and multiple intelligences. This will enable them to create a personal growth plan and appreciate diversity.
Chapter 2: Study Skills
Purpose: Introduces cadets to proper reading techniques, study habits, and test-taking procedures. Cadets will learn how to be active learners and employ comprehension and vocabulary strategies in order to sharpen reading skills, study routines, and test-taking ability.
Chapter 3: Communication Skills
Purpose: Introduces cadets to the communication process among individuals and the communication principles of writing, speaking, and listening. Describes the basic principles necessary for preparing and presenting effective oral communications. Cadets will have numerous opportunities to present information/ideas orally and in writing. Examines the communication process, characteristics and social influences that affect group communications, and group communication roles.
Chapter 4: Conflict Resolution
Purpose: Introduces cadets to basic guidelines for managing conflicts and communication skills necessary for finding solutions to resolve conflicts. Specifically, discusses conflict and violence, how to recognize them, how to prevent them from occurring, and how to handle them when they do occur. Cadets will have opportunities to determine solutions through several techniques, including an in-depth examination of mediation techniques
Chapter 5: Teaching Skills
Purpose: Introduces cadets to proper techniques and procedures for preparing to teach and/or assist in teaching a class. Cadets will have the opportunity to teach and/or assist in teaching classes during their JROTC experience. Strengthens cadets’ skills as effective communicators by giving them the opportunity to: deliver instruction using accepted principles and methods of instruction; use and develop lesson plans and graphic organizers; recognize how to determine the material that they must review and rehearse prior to delivering instruction; and improve how they provide feedback when presenting instruction on JROTC-related subjects.
Chapter 6: Making a Difference with Service Learning
Purpose: Introduces cadets to service learning components and guidelines through participation in an exploratory project and post-reflection. Promotes service to the community through cadets’ commitment to participate in service learning projects designed to give them the opportunity to: learn more about community needs and giving; develop skills that they can apply after leaving high school; and build cross-cultural relationships within the community. Cadets have the opportunity to research/identify possible service learning activities that integrate with the JROTC curriculum, and (if circumstances permit) plan and conduct such activities.
Chapter 7: Career Planning
Purpose: Increases cadets’ knowledge and gives them the opportunity to apply basic concepts of career exploration strategy and planning. Cadets will also have the opportunity to: refine their career development portfolios - ensuring they reflect the important areas of their life development and the value of education to their career goals; demonstrate responsibility for and ownership of career decisions and goals; and complete various self-analysis instruments that can aid them in assessing their life roles, educational development, career exploration/planning, and employability status. Encourages cadets to begin career planning by explaining: the importance of career exploration skills; how to develop a career exploration strategy; and how to determine individual interests and abilities, then match them to different occupations. Provides cadets the opportunity to investigate civilian careers of interest and the education necessary to prepare for the field. In addition, provides information about military careers, including general enlistment qualifications, and procedures. It also informs male cadets of their obligation to register with Selective Service.
Chapter 8: Planning Skills and Social Responsibility
Purpose: Increases cadets’ knowledge and gives them the opportunity to apply basic concepts of decision -making, goal setting, time management, and etiquette. Cadets will sharpen skills by learning to employ decision-making models, daily planners, goal strategies, and manners.
Chapter 9: NEFE® High School Financial Planning Program
Purpose: Introduces cadets to: financial planning, careers, budgeting, savings and investments, credit, and insurance. Cadets will learn about the financial planning process and how they can take control of their finances. This program is offered to instructors at no cost, contact NEFE® http://www.nefe.org for HSFPP ordering information.
Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid
Develops cadets’ appreciation for the importance of physical fitness in maintaining good health and appearance. Gives cadets the opportunity to perform satisfactorily, at age group level, in the President’s Physical Fitness Program. Additionally, explains basic information about nutrients and how to obtain them, how to select the proper foods to ensure a good diet, how to control fat, and provides information on several common eating disorders. Also gives cadets the opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in basic first aid/life-saving skills. Lastly, it enhances cadets’ awareness of substance abuse and prevention by providing information on the most commonly abused drugs and their effects, and the methods of/agencies that assist in preventing drug, alcohol, and tobacco use/abuse.
Chapter 1: Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle
Purpose: This chapter demonstrates how to eat a well-balanced diet, explains the importance of controlling fat, and the relationship of food intake/ physical activity to weight control. Introduces cadets to the importance of physical fitness and diet in maintaining good health and appearance. Specifically discusses types of exercise, benefits of exercise, calories, and the Food Guide Pyramid. Provides guidelines for a healthier lifestyle by explaining what should go into an exercise program, how to balance calories, and what foods to eat more of or in moderation. Educates cadets about stress, including its beneficial and negative effects, causes, strategies to prevent stress overload, and the link between leadership and stress levels.
Chapter 2: Taking the Cadet Challenge
Purpose: Develops an appreciation for the importance of physical fitness, self-confidence, and a desire to improve/excel in physical fitness through healthy individual and group competition. Caution: Ensure that cadets are physically able to participate in the five events of the Cadet Challenge program.
Chapter 3: First Aid for Emergency and Non-Emergency Situations
Purpose: Prepares cadets to help in emergency situations by teaching the most common first aid procedures for: heart attacks, strokes, choking, burns, broken bones, poisoning, common bites and stings, and both hot and cold weather related injures. Note: For cadets to be certified by a recognized first aid training agency, invite a certified instructor to give the presentations.
Chapter 4: Drug Awareness and Substance Abuse
Purpose: This chapter enhances cadets’ awareness of substance abuse by providing information on drug, alcohol, and tobacco use/abuse. Promotes drug-free living by: discussing why people abuse drugs and stressing that drugs are not the answer; explaining how use develops; pointing out the legal risks of illegal drug use; providing suggestions on how to handle internal and external pressures without the use of drugs; and listing tell-tale signs of drug abuse and what steps cadets should take if they recognize these signs in a friend.
Chapter 5: Substance Abuse - Intervention and Prevention
Purpose: This chapter develops cadets awareness of the prevention and intervention strategies used in the U.S. over the past three decades as well as the resources currently available at the national level that provide assistance, prevention, or treatment. With this knowledge serving as a stimulus, cadets will have the opportunity to become involved in community projects to help make citizens aware of the drug problem and ongoing prevention efforts.
Geography and Earth Science
Introduces cadets to the components of the globe, map reading skills, and land navigation skills. Introduces cadets to the sport of orienteering and the techniques used in air navigation. Provides an overview on each of the continents, discussing physical, political, economic, and cultural elements of each region and country. Discusses the importance of environmental awareness and introduces cadets to environmental issues.
Chapter 1: The Globe
Purpose: This introductory chapter provides an introduction to the components of the globe, including the poles, the equator, latitude and longitude, the oceans, and the continents. Provides a foundation for understanding map reading and world geography.
Chapter 2: Maps, Map Reading, and Land Navigation
Purpose: This chapter begins with an introduction to the standard map, as well as the topographical map. It shows the elements of a map and introduces cadets to the grid coordinate system. Provides information on contours and landforms and teaches various methods on how to determine distance, direction, and location. Demonstrates how to work with and convert grid-magnetic angles. Develops skills that can then be used for orienteering and/or land navigation.
Chapter 3: Orienteering
Purpose: This is an introductory lesson on Orienteering. Explains six types of orienteering courses. Demonstrates the five-step process to determine direction of travel and five movement techniques used in orienteering. Identifies three control areas and five safety aspects used in orienteering. Demonstrates proper orienteering techniques if given the opportunity to participate in an orienteering event.
Chapter 4: Air Navigation
Purpose: Compares air navigation skills to land navigation skills and demonstrates how to plan a flight. Identifies the most common unit of measure for distance in air travel and compares it with the unit of measure in road travel. Identifies marginal information, aeronautical symbols, aeronautical charts, and the four time zones located in the continental United States. Shows how to plan a trip by air by choosing the appropriate charts and planning a flight route.
Chapter 5: Exploring the World
Purpose: This chapter develops global awareness. It begins by defining geography and discussing basic world climates and the major factors affecting them. Summarizes the physical and political characteristics of each of the continents. Identifies countries and regions of each continent, and summarizes their physical and human characteristics. Explains how the interactions between groups of people affect the area’s cultural, economic, and political characteristics. Provides instruction on creating maps to organize and display data about each continent.
Chapter 6: Exploring the World
Purpose: Teaches the cadet to recognize the global impact of environmental issues and recognize significant environmental impacts of waste disposal. Identifies ,examples of pollution and waste material. Describes environmental concerns and ways that communities control waste volume. Explains the recycling and incineration process. Helps the cadets develop alternate solutions for waste disposal that benefit the environment and create a recycling plan of action.
Citizenship and American History
Introduces cadets to the values and principles that underlie good citizenship. Emphasis is placed on topics such as the importance of the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights; responsibilities of U.S. citizens; basic national values; the U.S. federal justice system; and service to the community. In conjunction with citizenship, cadets are introduced to a variety significant events and historical figures that contributed to our citizenship and American history.
Chapter 1: You the People - The Citizenship Skills
Purpose: This chapter introduces cadets to the You the People Citizenship Skills and its foundation in the Preamble to the United States Constitution. It provides cadets with an opportunity to practice these skills before they begin their You the People Citizen Action Group Process or any teamwork within the classroom. By practicing these skills, cadets develop the qualities that allow them to work with others when meeting a common goal.
Chapter 2: Your Job as an American Citizen
Purpose: This chapter introduces cadets to: the legal basis for citizenship and the misconceptions and qualifications for being an American citizen; the amendments that protect the rights of American citizens; the basic freedoms of U.S. citizens as set forth in the amendments, the Bill of Responsibilities, and the characteristics of participating American citizens.
Chapter 3: You the People - The Citizenship Action Group Process
Purpose: This chapter introduces cadets to the You the People Citizen Action Group Process. It teaches cadets how to: reach a simple majority and consensus; follow the YTP ground rules; and conduct Small Group and Representative Group Meetings. The Citizenship Action Group Process teaches cadets how to work within a group with the common goal of improving or contributing to their classroom, school, or community.
Chapter 4: The Founding of a Nation (1776-1814)
Purpose: This chapter discusses the significant events of 1776-1814 that helped shaped and develop our Constitution and government. It teaches cadets to recognize the importance: of the American Revolution; the development and construction of the Constitution; the westward expansion of America; and the events of the War of 1812.
Chapter 5: Growth of a Nation (1815-Present)
Purpose: This chapter presents cadets with an overview of the people, places, and events of 1815 to the present day that helped shape the history and citizenship of Americans.
Chapter 6: The Federal Judicial System
Purpose: To show how the federal judicial system works, this chapter introduces cadets to: the Chief Justice educational game, including the Supreme Court; the top four positions in the Department of Justice and the major functions of the five divisions in that Department; and a brief overview of the military justice system. It also teaches cadets the three levels of local law enforcement agencies, their functions, jurisdictions, and relations to the communities they serve; and the three types of military law enforcement agents and their functions within the military community they serve.
Chapter 7: Sources of Power
Purpose: This chapter introduces cadets to the legislative branch: its organization; qualifications for and benefits/privileges of membership; powers; and lawmaking procedures from the introduction of a bill to committee action voting. It also introduces the executive branch: its Constitutional and informal qualifications; term of office, salary, and benefits; sources of power; limits on power; and presidential succession. It also familiarizes cadets with the voting process by: discussing voting reforms; stressing the responsibility of U.S. citizens to vote; examining the role of political parties in the election process; and explaining how public opinion and voting outcome can be shaped by interest groups, lobbyists, propaganda/campaign techniques, and political movements. Provides cadets with insight into the steps that most presidential campaigns follow and the role of the Electoral College system in presidential elections.
Chapter 8: Advanced Citizenship and American History
Purpose: Using the You the People process, this chapter allows cadets to further explore: the past and current state of our government; the origin and ratification of the Constitution; the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of government; the executive powers and limitations stated in Article II of the Constitution; the organization of state and local governments; the modern political and economic systems; the definition of citizenship and the duties of participating American citizens; a plan for reviving American citizenship; local issues in their community or school; current issues before Congress; recent decisions made by the Supreme Court; and a variety of discussion topics about citizenship and American history.