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. These benefits include the opportunity to compete for an Army ROTC four-year scholarship to college, competitive appointments to West Point, Annapolis, and the Air Force Academy, advanced placement in senior ROTC in many colleges, and for those who choose to enlist in military service, a higher rank than other enlistees.