JLAB is the JROTC academic competition team. While the test is open to all service JROTCs, the MCJROTC cadets only compete against other MCJROTC units.
In teams of six - four main competitors and two alternates - the cadets on this team test on ACT/SAT and JROTC materials, along with current events. The testing sessions are 60 minutes long, and the cadets must answer as many of the 75 questions in that period. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors can compete. Seniors are not permitted to compete, and are coaching the competing underclassmen. The team is cadet led, save for the instructor proctoring.
There are three tests in total. If the cadet teams are able to progress to Level III, they will travel to DC to compete against seven other MCJROTC teams from across the nation.
To qualify for the teams, cadets must maintain a 3.5 GPA, have achieved 1100 SAT and/or 22 ACT. They must be motivated to study and learn, and be able to study the necessary material on their own.
2020-21 is the first season in which we have teams competing. So far, both teams have passed level I and have advanced to level II.