The Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Program at Escambia High School, Pensacola, Florida was established in May 26, 1967. This makes this program one of the oldest in the Nation. The program transitioned from Area 7 to Area 8 in March of 2001. It increased from a 3-year course to a 4-year course of instruction. The number of Cadets has risen from 93 to 350 annually.
The Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Units for all military services were authorized by the Reserve Officers Vitalization Act of 1964 (Public Law 88-647 of 13 October 1964 – Title 10, U.S.C. Chapter 102). Department of Defense Directive 1205.13 of June 16, 1982 requires the military service secretaries to “Sponsor and conduct a JROTC Program”. Each of the services currently supports active programs in schools across the country and some overseas locations.
This is a very low cost elective for the student (Cadet). A Cadet has no military or financial obligation (other than incidental expenses such as haircuts, uniform cleaning, and some field trip expenses) as a result of participating in the NJROTC course in high school.
The NJROTC Program goals are to instill in high school students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. These goals are met by teaching to specific objectives based on the core values of the United States Navy: HONOR, COURAGE, and COMMITMENT. The full list of objectives can be found in the following instructions: Escambia High School Cadet Handbook and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), OPNAVINST 1533.5C, and CNETINST 1533.9K. All instructions are linked on this website for your viewing convenience.