A.C. REYNOLDS HIGH SCHOOL JROTC
1 Rocket Drive, ASHEVILLE, NC 28803-9100
Phone/Fax: (828) 298-2083
The mission of the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program is "to motivate young people to be better citizens" and develop self-confidence and leadership abilities of students.
Our A.C. Reynolds program is sponsored by the United States Army. Instructors are retired officers and noncommissioned officers certified by Army Cadet Command and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. All uniforms, textbooks and required training materials are provided at no cost to students. The standard Program of Instruction includes a variety of academic and vocational subjects that focus on valuable "life skills” that support all of the North Carolina Course of Study, graduation pathways.
JROTC focuses on citizenship and leadership development, not recruitment for the military services. There is no service obligation. Students develop knowledge in various required and elective subject areas which include: citizenship skills, personal responsibility, leadership theory and application, life skills development (learning styles/skills, oral and written communication, leadership and management skills, etc.), wellness, personal fitness and first aid skills, geography/map reading/environmental awareness, American history and government and community service. Program learning outcomes are designed to: (1) aid students throughout their JROTC and high school experience through leadership, citizenship, motivational and academic opportunities, (2) enhance students' prospects of graduation, and (3) provide students with a foundation that prepares them to succeed in all aspects of their lives. (NOTE: There is a benefit for students who do opt for military service after high school. Those interested in an officer commission (military academy or college ROTC) have a more competitive high school record. Students interested in enlistment, who have completed two or more years (or 4x4 semesters) of JROTC, may qualify (based on instructor recommendation) for the rank of E-2, (Active, Reserve or National Guard) in the armed services.)
JROTC also includes a variety of voluntary, extracurricular activities. These include: adventure hikes and overnight outings, school and community support activities, community service projects/activities, and Drill Team and Raider Team competitions against other JROTC unit teams. Enrolled students are not required to participate in these additional activities; however participation is highly encouraged, as it makes the overall JROTC experience more enjoyable and meaningful. Students are also encouraged to purchase the JROTC PT uniform, worn during weekly physical training and other, designated activities and purchase the student athletic medical insurance policy (offered at the start of each year) before participating in team, extracurricular activities.