1. Mission


    1. To develop leadership and build character.


    1. To create informed, patriotic and responsible citizens.


    1. To develop responsible young adults who are physically, mentally, and morally fit.


    1. To develop informed and civic-minded young adults, prepared for higher education, civilian careers and public service.


    1. To instill discipline, respect and responsibility through military-related subjects and activities.


    1. Curriculum Foundation. Title 10, United States Code (USC) prescribes policies for JROTC in secondary schools and directs that the JROTC program provide meaningful instruction which will benefit the students and be of value to the community.


    1. Dissemination of Information.


    1. Published orders and memoranda will be posted on the bulletin boards in the JROTC classrooms and on the MCJROTC Web page. Cadets are responsible for complying with this information.  Failure to check the bulletin board/web page is not an excuse for not complying with the training schedule or other instructions.


    1. Honor Code.


    1. The development of character and integrity is an implied objective of the program. The Cadet Honor Code is a means through which the objective is met.  Simply stated, a cadet will not lie, cheat or steal, and will discourage others from such behavior.  The Cadet Honor Code requires a higher degree of demonstrated integrity from cadets than from other students.  Violation of the code may result in expulsion from the MCJROTC program.


    1. Cadets are to behave as ladies and gentlemen, and will be treated as such. They will conform to school regulations and take no actions which could bring discredit upon them individually, the MCJROTC program or North Forsyth High School.


    1. Organization. The MCJROTC program at North Forsyth will be organized as a cadet battalion.  Organizational charts will be posted in the MCJROTC spaces.






    1. Course Content. Title 10 USC directs that the MCJROTC program be entitled “Leadership Education”.   The North Forsyth High School MCJROTC curriculum will be a four year program with 180 hours of instruction spread over five categories each semester.  These categories are Leadership, Citizenship, Personal Growth and Responsibility, Public Service and Career Exploration and General Military Subjects.


    1. Grade Levels.


    1. LE 1

    Prerequisite:  None

    The MCJROTC program prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making students aware of their rights, responsibilities and privileges as American Citizens.  The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school and the need for continuing education.  It provides instruction in Leadership Traits and Principles; Military History; First Aid; Public Speaking; Drill; Physical Training; and Personal Appearance.


    1. LE 2

    Prerequisite:  Completion of LE 1

    LE 2 is a continuation of leadership training where novice leaders develop their social interaction and interpersonal relationships in practical situations of leadership and physical training.   Instruction includes Fundamentals, Types, Temptations and Tasks of Leadership; Authority and Responsibility; Organization of the Marine Corps; the Role of Noncommissioned Officers; Military Justice; Drill; Uniform Inspections; Marksmanship; and Physical Fitness


    1. LE 3

    Prerequisite:  Completion of LE 2

    Le 3 is the advanced level of leadership training where third year cadets use their prior training and experience to direct lower level cadets and begin training to assume positions of increased responsibility.  Classes include the Role Of Officers; Fundamentals of Command and Management; Studies in Equal Opportunity and Harassment; Land Navigation; Inspection Procedures; Directed Reading; and Study of World Ideologies.


    1. LE 4

    Prerequisite:  Completion of LE 3

    LE 4 is the senior level of Leadership Instruction.   LE 4 cadets exercise leadership responsibility over junior cadets and perform staff functions.  Studies include Directed Reading; Staff Functions; TQM; and the practical application of management and leadership principles through the planning and execution of projects that aid the local community.


    1. LE 5

    Prerequisite:  Completion of LE 4

    LE 5 is the initial level of Senior Leadership Training.  Selected cadets serve key billets within the cadet command structure.  The curriculum concentrates in the areas of Effective Communication Skills, Leadership and Managemagerial techniques (with emphasis on the development of subordinate leaders), staff functions, and assisting in MCJROTC instruction.  Studies include Communications, Advanced Leadership, Principles of Management and Command and Staff Functions.


    1. LE 6

    Prerequisite:  Completion of LE 5

    LE 6 is the second level of Senior Leadership Training.  Cadets progress to senior positions (i.e., leadership and managerial responsibility within the cadet command group and staff officer billets.  The expanded curriculum concentrates on the areas of Communications, Leadership and Managerial techniques.  The majority of classroom time is devoted to skills, which serve to develop subordinate leaders, assisting in MCJROTC classes and refining interpersonal skills.  Studies include Advanced Techniques of Communications, Advanced Leadership., Principles of Management, and Command and Staff Functions.


    1. LE 7

    Prerequisite:  Completion of LE 6 and approval of SMI and MI

    LE 7 is Advanced Leadership Training.   Emphasis is placed on continuing to develop and demonstrate skills required to lead the cadet command.  Classes and activities include the continued development of citizenship and leadership skills, military traditions, fiscal responsibility and the role of Naval Power within the national strategy.


    1. LE 8

    Prerequisite:   Completion of LE 7 and approval of SMI and MI

    LE 8 is the final course in the MCJROTC curriculum.  Cadets reaching this level will continue to develop citizen skills and leadership styles and techniques which will prepare them for post high school experiences.  A formal research paper entitled, “My Leadership Credo” is required.  This assignment will require cadets to describe their personal feelings and beliefs about leadership styles and techniques, which leadership styles they use and which styles/values they feel are the most important.


    1. Course Content.


    1. Leadership training is by far the most important category or class. Although the other categories relate in some way to leadership and offer leadership application, this training will directly include leadership traits, examples of notable leaders, leadership principles and techniques, communications skills, human relations skills, self study, and organizational skills.  Various roles and billets provide opportunities to use and practice leadership and management skills. 


    1. Citizenship training provides all aspects of citizenship, to include patriotism, citizenship requirements, civic responsibilities, and national defense.


    1. Personal Growth and Responsibility provides information and requires cadet involvement in physical fitness, health, nutritition, social skills, written and oral communication and personal finance.


    1. Public Service and Career Exploration provides information on career preparation and opportunities for public service.


    1. General Military Subjects explains all aspects of MCJROTC administration, drill and ceremonies, uniforms, clothing and equipment, customs, courtesies and traditions of the Marine Corps, rank structure, chain of command, military history, marksmanship, first aid, guard duty, land navigation and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.



    1. Academic Credit. MCJROTC is an elective and will count as one elective credit per semester.


    1. Grading. Grading will be in accordance with the North Forsyth High School Policies.


    Grade reporting and weights are as follows:

    Course Average = 40% (1ST 9 weeks) + 40% (2ND 9 weeks) + 20% Final Exam.  (Mid term counts as a regular summative grade to be averaged with first semester grades.)




    Discipline and Conduct


    1. General


    1. Cadets’ conduct is expected to reflect favorable credit upon the individual cadet, North Forsyth High School and the MCJROTC program at all times.


    1. Cadets are highly visible and readily identified as MCJROTC cadets, especially when in uniform. Behavior and conduct is a reflection on the cadet corps.  Cadets are to be attentive to their personal appearance in uniform so as to comply with uniform regulations at all times.


    1. Willful misconduct will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action.


    1. Military Courtesy


    1. MCJROTC cadets will render appropriate courtesy to cadets of our and other JROTC organizations. Furthermore, they will render appropriate courtesies to all members of the United States Military and to her allies.


    1. While in the MCJROTC spaces, or during MCJROTRC activities, cadets will use appropriate cadet rank when referring to other cadets.


    1. Disenrollment. Cadets may be disenrolled from the MCJROTC program when recommended by the Senior Marine Instructor and when approved by the Principal (in conjunction with the school counselors.)  Disenrollment may take place immediately.  Reasons include, but are not limited to the following:


    ---Failure to maintain a passing average


    ---Undesirable character traits related to the Cadet Honor Code


    ---Consistently unacceptable behavior


    ---Possession of illegal drugs, intoxicants or weapons


    ---While at school or on a MCJROTC trip, possession or use of any firearm or ammunition, except that authorized and issued for training


    ---Consistent bad attitude or repeated failure to wear the prescribed uniform or to adhere to grooming standards


    ---At the parent’s request, with the Principal’s approval


    1. Discipline


    1. All infractions of school regulations will be referred to the Principal’s staff for action.


    1. Minor violations of cadet regulations will be corrected by the cadet leadership or by the instructor staff.


    1. Infractions of a serious nature will be immediately dealt with by the instructor staff.


    1. Senior cadets are required at all times to set a positive example. They will assist and guide new cadets toward proficiency in military skills.  They are expected to make corrections, when necessary, in the behavior of junior cadets, and to report incidents of unacceptable behavior to the Marine Instructor for disposition.


    1. All cadet officers and noncommissioned officers will display leadership by example and persuasion, not coercion. General LeJeune’s advice will be used to develop a “teacher-scholar” relationship with subordinates.


    1. Hazing. Any act which involves cruelty, indignity or the deprivation of any right, privilege or advantage of which an individual is entitled is prohibited.  Any instances of harassment or “hazing” will be reported to and dealt with by the instructor staff.


    Chapter 4


    Uniforms and Appearance


    1. General. The Marine uniform denotes an association with an organization that represents a long line of men and women in the Marine Corps who have faithfully served our nation.  In numerous cases these individuals have given their lives in its defense.  With the exception of the MCJROTC patch and MCJROTC name tag, cadets wear the same uniform as active duty Marines.  Cadets will therefore wear the uniform proudly and correctly.  Unit uniform policy is in accordance with current Marine Corps regulations.  Minor modifications, if required, will be prescribed by the Marine Instructor or Senior Marine Instructor.  Cadets are required to meet Marine Corps standards for grooming and appearance, and to wear the uniform so as to reflect an example of the discipline and esprit de corps typical of the US Marine Corps.


    1. It is the cadet’s individual responsibility to meet established standards. Proper wear of the uniform is a significant portion of the daily grade.  There will usually be one uniform day per week.


    1. General guidelines for personal appearance and uniform wear are described below. Cadets will be taught how to wear and care for uniform items at an early stage of instruction.


    1. Uniform


    1. The training schedule will specify the uniform of the day. Cadets will be responsible for being in the proper uniform.  Failure to wear the uniform on uniform day will result in a failing grade for the day.


    1. Cadets should wash and prepare the utility uniform as soon as possible after uniform day, so as to be ready to wear the uniform again. Instruction will be given on proper uniform care and preparation.  Other uniforms will be dry cleaned, as required.


    1. On uniform days cadets will arrive at school in the complete uniform. Cadets may change into civilian clothes after school, but they may not mix uniform and civilian clothing items.


    1. Some school activities may require cadets to wear specific attire other than the uniform on uniform days. Cadets will inform the instructor staff of this situation at least one day prior in such cases.


    1. Wearing the uniform does not preclude a cadet from dressing out for a physical education class.


    1. Other situations may arise in which conflicts in wearing the uniform occur. These will be handled on a case-by-case basis by the instructor staff. For example:


    1. Cadets in final period of physical education class are not required to change back into uniform.


    1. Cadets engaging in after-school employment will arrange schedules to provide time to change out of uniform after school, prior to going to work.


    1. Cadets who are absent on uniform days or cannot wear the uniform for a valid reason are to wear the uniform on the first day back to school.


    1. Shoes, boots and brass will be properly maintained. Corafam shoes may be cleaned with a soft cloth and Windex.  Boots may be cleaned with a suede brush and anodized brass may be wiped clean with a soft cloth.


    1. Uniforms and equipment will be maintained in a good state of repair. All unserviceable items will be turned in for replacement.  Cadets are responsible for the uniforms and will ensure items are not lost, improperly used or abused.  Lost items must be replaced by the cadet.


    1. Utility uniforms must be laundered.


    1. Required alterations will be performed by the instructor staff.


    1. The uniform will only be worn when approved by the instructor staff.


    1. No part of the uniform will be worn with civilian clothing.


    1. Wearing sunglasses in formation is only authorized when approved by competent medical authority. This should be noted in the health appraisal form by a parent when a cadet enters the program or by written notification as soon as the medical condition becomes known.


    1. Cadets will dress out in the specified uniform for physical training on physical training days.


    1. If injured or ill, a cadet must bring a note from their parent/guardian/doctor in order to be excused from physical activity. Cadets are still expected to wear the uniform on uniform days.


    1. Grooming


    1. Male cadets will be clean shaven when in uniform. Cadets suffering from any type of skin rash may receive partial exception of this requirement to shave.  Exception from shaving will require a note from a medical official, starting the cause of the rash and the estimated length of time before the cadet can again begin shaving.


    1. Haircuts for male cadets will be tapered, neatly trimmed and evenly graduated. Hair will not touch the ears, nor interfere with the proper wearing of military headgear.  Cadet grooming will be in accordance with the current Marine Corps policy.  Shaved heads and eccentric haircuts are not allowed.  Mustaches are authorized if they meet Marine Corps Standards.


    1. Hairstyles for female cadets in uniform must be pinned or arranged so as not to fall below the bottom of the collar, nor to interfere with the proper wearing of military headgear.


    1. Cadets in uniform may wear jewelry with the following exceptions:


    1. Males will not wear earrings at anytime they are participating in a JROTC function (in or out of uniform.)


    1. In uniform wrist watches may be worn on either wrist. The watches must be conservative in style.


    1. Females may wear one gold post earring in the ear lobe, one per ear, while they are wearing the service uniform. Earrings will not be worn when wearing the utility uniform.


    1. Makeup for female cadets will be in accordance with current Marine Corps regulations.




    Chapter 5

    Duties and Responsibilities


    1. Instructor Staff


    1. The Instructor Staff (Senior Marine Instructor and Marine Instructors) are charged with ensuring the program is conducted within Forsyth County School Board of education policies, while meeting Marine Corps standards and requirements. The staff must be role models, teachers, instructors, counselors and leaders.


    1. Inherent in all positions of leadership is counseling. The Senior Marine Instructor and Marine Instructors are available to confer with cadets and parents.  Those who wish to speak with the instructors are encouraged to contact the instructor staff for an appointment:


    CWO 3 Villaorouel  770 781 6637 Ext 160713 or f38905@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    MGySgt Merritt 770 781 6637 Ext 160714 or rmerritt@forsyth.k12.ga.us

    Gunnery Sergeant Snook  770 781 6637 Ext 160712or jsnook@forsyth.k12.ga.us


    1. Cadet Officers and Noncommissioned Officers


    1. Cadet officers and noncommissioned officers occupy positions of trust and confidence. They are appointed representatives of the Senior Marine Instructor within the scope of their duties.  They will exercise the authority delegated to them by the Senior Marine Instructor, will actively support and enforce the rules and regulations of the corps of cadets, and will be responsible for making decisions and the results of the actions they take.


    1. Cadets in positions of authority will not abuse other cadets. Officers and noncommissioned officers will lead, teach, guide and instruct. There will be no leadership by intimidation or abuse.



    Chapter 6


    Promotions and Awards


    1. General


    1. Promotions and awards provide a method for the instructor staff to reward cadets who demonstrate superlative performance. Promotion is accompanied by additional responsibilities, expectations and rights.


    1. Promotion to the grade of noncommissioned officer requires a proficiency in the conduct of drill, as well as demonstrated academic ability and leadership potential.


    1. All promotions are understood to be temporary and the retention of grade is not automatic. Cadets must continue to perform at a satisfactory level for a given grade in order to retain that grade and to be eligible for further promotion.


    1. Awards


    1. Ribbons and medals are presented to recognize outstanding performance in academics, military skills, leadership and other areas. Specific criteria for MCJROTC awards is found in MCO P 1533.


    1. Only awards approved by the Marine Corps may be worn on the uniform.


    1. A listing of approved awards and their proper precedence will be posted in the classroom and on the MCJROTC web page.


    1. Promotion Procedures


    1. A “Recommendation for Promotion “form will be initiated by the first officer in the chain of command and forwarded from the platoon level all

    the way to the Senior Marine Instructor.


    1. The chain of command will consider the cadet’s record when making recommendations regarding the promotion. Normally, for a promotion to the grade of Sergeant and above, a billet vacancy must exist in order for a cadet to be promoted.


    1. For first semester cadets, consideration will be given for promotion to Private First Class after the first nine weeks of instruction.


    1. Meritorious promotions will be considered at any time. Such promotion recommendations must be thoroughly justified. Considerations will be based on clearly superior performance and demonstrated proficiency.


    1. Billet Nominations


    1. The Cadet Battalion Commander, Executive Officer and Sergeant’s Major will recommend nominations for Company Commander, commissioned officer billets and Cadet First Sergeant positions to the Marine Instructors. The Marine Instructors and the Senior Marine Instructor will take these recommendations into consideration when assigning billets.


    1. Enlisted billet positions will be submitted via the cadet chain of command to the Marine Instructor staff.


    Eligibility Requirements


    Cadet Private First Class

    Time in program:  At least nine weeks


    JROTC grade average:  At least a C


    Overall grade average:  C


    Drill:  Demonstrate halted facing movements, positions of attention, hand salute, positions of rest, to the rear march, flanking movements, forward march and halt, fall in, open and close ranks for inspection, and staying in step while marching.


    Uniform:  Name the parts of the uniform, wear the utility uniform correctly, have an appropriate haircut for males, or wear the hair appropriately for females.


    Knowledge:  Demonstrate knowledge of the Marine Corps birthday, USMC colors, chain of command, Marine Corps motto, and birthplace of the Marine Corps.


    Chain of Command recommendation:  Based on periodic evaluation of the individual cadet’s participation in physical training, classroom activities and military courtesy.


    Physical Fitness:  Be able to successfully complete the PFT and dress out on physical training days.


    Cadet Lance Corporal


    In addition to the above,


    Drill:  Be able to execute column, side step, close and extend and oblique movements.


    Uniform:  Maintain a high standard of uniform appearance, including personal appearance.


    Knowledge:  Inspection knowledge, range safety procedures, flag etiquette, classroom procedures and military courtesy.


    Physical fitness:  Demonstrate effort and attempt to improve on basic physical fitness test scores.


    Cadet Corporal


    In addition to the above,


    JROTC Grade Average:  B


    Drill:  Be able to execute column of files movements as a squad leader, be able to teach basic drill movements.


    Uniform:  Set the example for correct uniform appearance and be able to inspect members of a squad.  Explain how to maintain the utility uniform.


    Knowledge:  Explain the chain of command, explain the leadership traits and principles.


    Physical Fitness:  Be able to lead a squad on a formation run.  Demonstrate improvement/additional effort on the PFT.


    Cadet Sergeant


    In addition to the above,


    Be at least a third semester (LE 3 cadet.)


    JROTC grade average:  B


    Drill:  Demonstrate the sword manual.  Lead a squad in close order drill.  Pass the sergeant’s drill exam.


    Uniform:  Explain how to wear the service uniform.


    Knowledge:  Lead a PT session, be able to brief a platoon sized unit, explain the leadership styles.


    Cadet Staff Sergeant


    In addition to the above,


    Be at least a fourth semester cadet.


    Drill:  Be able to lead a platoon in close order drill.


    Uniform:  Be able to properly inspect a platoon and point out any discrepancies.


    Knowledge:  Be able to present a five minute briefing to a platoon sized class.


    Physical Fitness:  BE able to conduct formation runs and lead PT.  Demonstrate improvement and additional effort on then PFT.


    Cadet Gunnery Sergeant


    In addition to the above,


    Drill:  Be able to train and lead drill.


    Uniform:  Be able to inspect a platoon and point out any problems.


    Knowledge:  Be able to inspect and evaluate a cadet’s knowledge and note discrepancies.


    Cadet First Sergeant/Cadet Sergeant’s Major


    In addition to the above,


    Drill:  Be able to teach all aspects of Close Order Drill and prepare a unit for a birthday/change of command ceremony.


    Knowledge:  Be able to compose an Operations Order.  Be ready to assume the duties of a cadet officer in their absence.


    Physical Fitness:  Be able to lead a company on a formation run.  Be able to conduct and score a PFT.


    Leadership:  Demonstrate continued superior leadership capability.


    Must be recommended by the cadet chain of command.


    Cadet Officers


    Be at least a 4th semester cadet.


    JROTC grade average:  B


    Overall grade average: C+


    Set the example for all cadets.


    Have effective communication skills.


    Be in at least second class PFT physical condition (three event PFT)


    Demonstrate positive leadership skills and performance.


    Chapter 7


    Performance Evaluations


    1. General


    1. One of the most important but least recognized leadership skills is the ability to evaluate subordinate strengths and weaknesses and to provide counseling on self-improvement.


    1. Establishing a system of formal evaluations causes a leader to periodically evaluate the effectiveness of each unit member. Evaluation and counseling makes everyone aware of strengths and weaknesses. The effective use of evaluations and regular counseling causes an improvement in personal and organizational effectiveness.


    1. Guidelines for Evaluations


    1. Evaluations will be accomplished on a periodic basis, but not so often as to consume major efforts of leaders. In short, they are important and must be done, but must not override other responsibilities.


    1. Evaluations must be objective and fair.


    1. Counseling sessions should be in private.


    1. If deficiencies are noted, suggestions for improvement and a schedule for goals to be reached will be discussed and provided to the individual.


    1. When the evaluation and counseling are completed, the individual must initial the evaluation form.


    1. Evaluation categories are as follows:


    ATTITUDE:  Displays a willingness to try.  Has a positive outlook when dealing with problems.


    ATTENTION TO DUTY:  Performs those tasks required by the cadet’s grade or billet without requiring constant supervision.


    UNIFORM APPEARANCE:  Wears a uniform that is clean and pressed.  Footgear is clean/shined.  Displays confident and sharp appearance.  Adheres to grooming standards.


    KNOWLEDGE:  Displays knowledge appropriate with grade and time in the MCJROTC program.


    TEACHING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS:  Organized, prepared for instruction, teaches to appropriate level, speaks clearly, enunciates, writes effectively, avoids distracting mannerisms.


    COOPERATION:  Supports seniors, supportive of subordinates, encourages subordinates in activities, works harmoniously to achieve unit goals.


    SETS THE EXAMPLE:  Gives good effort, looks good in uniform, conduct is an example of a motivated cadet, student and citizen.


    1. Each category to be evaluated will receive a numerical value of one (1) through five (5), as follows:


                (5)  OUTSTANDING:  Qualified to a degree seldom achieved by others.  There should be very few of these markings awarded.


                (4)  EXCELLENT:  A high performer within this grade/rank.


    (Assignment of Outstanding or Excellent requires amplifying remarks.)


                (3)  ABOVE AVERAGE:  Achieves more than the average cadet within that grade/rank.


                (2)  AVERAGE:  Meets accepted standards. On level with peers.


                (1)  BELOW AVERAGE:  Fails to meet the standard for the grade/rank or position.  This rating requires a written explanation of the areas of deficiency.


    Chapter 8


    Weapons Control and Security


    1. General


    1. Weapons will be physically controlled and accounted for at all times.


    1. The Senior Marine Instructor is responsible for the control of all MCJROTC accountable weapons.


    1. Inventory Control


    1. A serialized inventory of all weapons will be conducted at least twice annually..


    1. All weapons will be physically sighted and counted on any day that the armory is opened.


    1. Any discrepancies will be immediately reported to the Senior Marine Instructor.


    1. Issue of Weapons


    1. Cadets will form a single line outside the armory to have weapons issued. Order will be maintained at all times. NO unauthorized personnel will enter the armory.  The Marine Instructor staff will designate cadets who may enter the armory.


    1. When a cadet is issued a weapon, he or she will remain in formation. At no time will a cadet with a weapon wander about the school.  Cadets in leadership positions will ensure this policy is closely followed.


    1. The senior cadet present will assist the Senior Marine Instructor and Marine Instructor in ensuring weapons are returned to the armory and counted. The formation will remain until all weapons are accounted for.


    1. Care and Cleaning


    1. Weapons will be clean when returned to the armory.


    1. Care of weapons is a unit and an individual responsibility.


    1. Cleaning of weapons will be accomplished under the instructor staff supervision.


    1. Marksmanship weapons will be cleaned by the rifle team.


    Chapter 9




    1. The Senior Marine Instructor will maintain an up-to-date personnel file on each cadet. The requirements of the Privacy Act will be met when providing information to anyone. Each file will consist of at least the following information:


    1. Parental Permission Form


    1. Emergency Data Form


    1. Health Appraisal Form


    1. MCJROTC Cadet Training Record


    1. Marksmanship Approval Form (if the cadet will participate in marksmanship training)


    1. Media Release Form


    1. Cadets must provide information and parental approval on the forms in the personnel file if they are to participate in the MCJROTC program.


Last Modified on January 10, 2021