MARINE CORPS JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS
Our mission is to develop courageous, character driven young adults who possess the attributes of personal responsibility and accountability in order to become model citizens in service to the United States.
A Strong Start
People who succeed in business, industry, and education have often developed strong self-discipline, an ability to lead and motivate others, and a well-rounded maturity. Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (MCJROTC) teaches young men and women the kind of self-discipline, self-confidence, and leadership skills that can help them successfully meet the challenges of adulthood. MCJROTC curriculum, instruction, and activities are designed to develop the leadership abilities of each student regardless of which career path is followed. Candidates for enrollment in a Marine Corps Junior ROTC unit must be of good moral character, physically fit, at least 14 years old, and attend a high school with an MCJROTC unit.
What MCJROTC Teaches
The curriculum is a four-year program. It consists of a minimum of 96 hours per year of both classroom and field instruction in a wide variety of subjects.
A full range of courses - introductory through advanced - are offered in leadership and the application of leadership techniques.
MCJROTC provides instruction in the development of good habits and attitudes, problem-solving techniques, the essential characteristics for success, civic and group leadership, and planning to meet the challenges of adult life.
Military orientation and organization classes teach Marine Corps customs, courtesies, and traditions. Cadets study Department of Defense and National Security Organization.
There are instructions and participation in basic drill, the Manual of Arms, and how to conduct parades and inspections.
MCJROTC students study first aid and personal hygiene. MCJROTC puts a strong emphasis on challenging physical training. There are programs for getting into shape and staying in shape. Nationwide physical fitness competitions are held with male and female groups vying for unit and individual awards. Marksmanship instruction is also a part of the curriculum (with parental consent). Cadets study the principles of small arms, safety precautions, and maintenance, and inspections of air rifles. Matches against other schools are held using the .177 caliber precision air rifle.
Who Gains From Marine Corps JROTC?
The Cadets. Like most young adults, cadets strive to prepare themselves for the future. MCJROTC helps develop the self-discipline and self-confidence cadets need to meet future stresses and succeed in adult life. While cadets incur NO military obligation, participation in MCJROTC can help those who are competing for college ROTC scholarships or military academy appointments.
The Community. Marine JROTC encourages participation in community programs and projects. It encourages civic responsibility and helps to develop strong and informed leaders for the future.
MCJROTC instructors are retired Marine Corps Officers and Staff Non-Commissioned Officers and have been screened and certified.
Meet your Instructors
Chief Warrant Officer 3 (CWO3 Ret) CK Villarouel, Senior Marine Instructor:
Chief Warrant Officer 3 (Ret) Villarouel enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in November 1994 and later graduated Recruit Training in January 1995. Following completion of recruit training, he went on to complete Marine Combat Training and subsequent Military Occupational Training in Transportation. He has served with 1st Marine, 2ND, and 3RD Marine Division, 1st, 2D, and 3D Marine Aircraft Wings, as well as Chemical Biological Incident Response Force in Indian Head, Maryland. In his almost 23 years of service, he deployed to Iraq two times and once to Afghanistan. He retired in 2017. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Villarouel is a graduate of Ashford University and has a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management. He is also a graduate of Expeditionary Warfare School, Tactical Logistics Operations Course and numerous other military schools.
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Master Gunnery Sergeant (MGySgt Ret) Randy Merritt, Marine Instructor:
MGySgt Merritt was born June 17, 1968 in Griffin, Georgia. He reported to MCRD Parris Island, SC on December 2, 1987 and was assigned to 2nd Battalion Delta Company for recruit training. Upon completion of recruit training, he reported to MATSC, Meridian MS in March 1988 for his formal MOS training of Aviation Operations Specialist. Upon graduation, he was recognized as the Honor Graduate and meritoriously promoted to Lance Corporal. In June 1988, he reported for duty with VMA-231, MCAS Cherry Point, NC. While assigned to VMA-231, he completed two WestPac Unit deployments and also deployed to Southwest Asia in participation of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. While assigned to VMA-231, he was also meritoriously promoted to the rank of Corporal.
In July 1994, MGySgt Merritt received orders and reported to the Basic Recruiters Course, MCRD San Diego, CA. Upon completion, he reported to RS Atlanta, RSS Chattanooga, Tn for duty as a canvassing recruiter. During this tour of duty, he enlisted 95 applicants into the Delayed Entry Program. In October 1997, MGySgt Merritt received orders to VMFA(AW)-224, MCAS Beaufort, SC for duty as Operations Chief. While assigned to VMFA(AW)-224, MGySgt Merritt completed a WestPac deployment and also deployed in participation of Operation Cobra Gold 1999.
In January 2000, MGySgt Merritt received orders and reported again to the Basic Recruiters Course, MCRD San Diego, CA. Upon graduation, he reported to RS Atlanta, RSS Kennesaw, Ga for duty as a canvassing recruiter. During this tour of duty, he enlisted 20 applicants into the Delayed Entry Program over a 5 month period, resulting in him being awarded the Centurion Award (100 enlistees in the USMC). In October 2000, MGySgt Merritt was reassigned as the SNCOIC of RSS Atlanta. As the SNCOIC of RSS Atlanta, he received Small Station of the Year for the RSS's superior performance. MGySgt Merritt was again reassigned in October 2001 as the SNCOIC of RSS Jonesboro.
In April 2003, MGySgt Merritt received orders to Recruiters School, MCRD San Diego, CA as an instructor. During this tour of duty, he was selected as Top Instructor "Small Group" in October 2003. MGySgt Merritt was reassigned as the Course Head Instructor for Marine Corps Product Knowledge in July 2004. In September 2007, MGySgt Merritt received orders and reported for duty to RS Atlanta, RSS Duluth as SNCOIC. He was reassigned in February 2008 as the Operations Chief. He was selected as the 6th District Operations Chief of the Year for Fiscal Year 2009. In October 2009, MGySgt Merritt was reassigned again to be the Assistant Recruiter Instructor.
In July 2010, MGySgt Merritt received orders to the 6th Marine Corps District Headquarters to assume the billet of the District Training Team Chief. In January 2013, MGySgt Merritt received orders to RS Atlanta to assume the duties as the Recruiter Instructor.
During his tour of duty, RS Atlanta received the Superior Achiever Award for recruiting excellence in Fiscal Year 15. MGySgt Merritt was also elected to the 6th Marine Corps District Career Recruiter Hall of Fame in Fiscal Year 15. MGySgt Merritt retired in February 2015 after 27 years of honorable and faithful service.
MGySgt Merritt's personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second ward, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star in lieu of second award, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Gold Star in lieu of 4th award, and the Good Conduct Medal with Bronze Star in lieu of 9th award.
MGySgt Merritt currently resides in Duluth, Ga with his wife Charline. They have 3 children; Antwan, Brandon, and Jordon.
Gunnery Sergeant (GySgt Ret) Jack Snook, Marine Instructor: