The mission of the Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program is to motivate young people to be better citizens. At NYMA, the JROTC is designated as an Honor Unit with Distinction as a result of the Annual Formal Inspection (AFI). JROTC provides a quality citizenship, character and leadership development program while fostering partnerships with communities and educational institutions. The drill team and the Raider team are two JROTC-sponsored extracurricular activities open to all cadets. NYMA cadets also have the opportunity to attend JROTC Summer Camp with all expenses paid. There is no obligation for JROTC cadets to enter the military.
Cadets who complete JROTC enjoy several benefits beyond high school including the opportunity to compete for an Army ROTC four-year scholarship to college; competitive appointments to West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy (in addition to the regular congressional and presidential appointments); advanced placement in senior ROTC in many colleges; and for those who choose to enlist in military service, a higher rank than other enlistees.
Army JROTC teaches cadets to:
Maximize potential for success through learning and self-management.
Develop leadership skills.
Incorporate principles of mental and physical wellness into behaviors and decisions.
Build effective relationships with peers, co-workers, and the community.
Apply physical and political geography to building global awareness.
Correlate the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to the purposes of U.S. government.
Relate events in U.S. history to choices and responsibilities Americans have today.
Characterize the role of the military and other national service organizations in building a democracy and maintaining peace in a democratic society.