Frequently Asked Questions
There are a lot of misunderstandings about MCJROTC and the program itself. So we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions to help answer any questions you may have. If none of these answer your question feel free to contact us or comment it below.
General Questions From Parents
- Does my child have to enlist in the military in order to do the program?
No, your child does not have to join the military. MCJROTC is not designed in any way to be a recruiting tool. You son/ daughter is free to choose whichever path he/ she wants to take and MCJROTC will help prepare your child for any job. If he/ she does want to join the military though that is their own choice.
- Are all the events free? Or do we have to pay for them?
Almost all the events are free and the ones that are not throughout the time building up to the event is fundraising that offers your child a means to pay for his or her position so you won't have to. That being said if they do not fundraise you may need to pay for their spot if they still choose to participate.
- Is the uniform provided?
All uniforms are provided for your child so you do not need to pay for them, the course provides everything your son/ daughter will need to participate like everyone else.
- Can anyone join the program?
Yes, the program is offered through Winnacunnet High school as an elective course and is open to anyone interested in it. The program offers two credits but there are extra curricular activities through the program that offer a chance for extra credits as well. Please note that the class is a one trimester class not a year long class.
- Does it help with college?
Yes, the MCJROTC program offers scholarships to seniors. Also the program helps your child with public speaking and tools he/ she can use to succeed in school and the community. That also being said is if your son/ daughter wants to go to a service academy MCJROTC helps prepare them for that and recommendations from JROTC instructors also look good in any colleges because it is a leadership course.
- What is the amount of time and commitment?
The amount of time and commitment to the program will depend on how active your child participates. Every trimester that your son or daughter is in the program he/ she will be required to participate in a community service event held in that time period. This is minimum effort but the MCJROTC program also offers after school clubs of all kinds, trips during the year, leadership camps, learning opportunities, and after school help if your child desires. The more they participate the more time it will take your son/ daughter.
- Will my child have friends in the class?
Yes, the MCJROTC program is a friendly class where students of all ages come together over common interests. The MCJROTC program chooses to look at ourselves as a family, focusing on each person's individual likes and dislikes while helping them personally grow. The cadets look out for each other in and out of school forging friendships in all grades, and making it so that there are familiar faces throughout the hallways.
- Does my child have to be in excellent shape to participate?
No, your child will go at their own pace while making self improvements. If they can't do the exercises we can help them modify them or help them eventually get to a place where they will be able to do them.
General Questions From Students
- How often do we wear the uniform?
We only wear the uniform once a week, usually on Wednesdays unless there is a change in which case you will be told otherwise. You wear the uniform while you have the class and have the opportunity if you so chose to wear it during other trimester.
- Is MCJROTC considered gym or do I also have to take gym?
MCJROTC gives you a gym credit and also an elective credit. You do not also have to take gym unless you decide you want to take both which is also possible.
- How hard is PT?
PT, which are days when we exercise are not aimed to be difficult. There are days when we try to help get you in better shape but there are also days when we play games. We play games such as frisbee, soccer, dodgeball and other fun games that include teamwork. The days that help you get back in shape are at your own pace where you challenge yourself to be better than last time but you are never pressured to do something you are unable to or can't.
- Are the uniforms hard to put on?
No, the uniform is like basic clothing. Just like everyday you wear a form of pants a shirt and a jacket and you have all of those things with the uniform. When you are issued the uniform at the beginning of the class we also teach you how to wear it and help guide you through if you make mistakes.
- How does MCJROTC help me in other subjects?
MCJROTC helps with public speaking and leadership. The program is aimed to help you develop yourself as a leader and self improve. Leadership can be used in and out of the school, at work, and in the community. It helps you build self confidence, social skills, and the foundations of a healthy life.
- Are the teachers nice or mean?
No both of the teachers are nice and approachable. They help with subjects outside of MCJROTC and forfeit a lot of their time to do events and fun trips in the program. They are full of knowledge and funny, both teachers are not like other teachers in the school and are easy to get along with. They are not mean either if anything they are reasonable to all situations and level headed.
- What are some fun things you can do in MCJROTC but not other classes?
The program provides many opportunities for things you would not do in other high school classes. These events include summer camps where you do high ropes courses, paintball, meet other people your age from around the country, and other activities that can be once in a lifetime. There are also other camps that take place over the school year, and a camp about cyber technology over the summer where you can learn how to be a cyber warrior. The program offers after school clubs such as marksmanship (Competition shooting), Cyberpatriot (A worldwide computer competition), Color Guard (aimed for learning basic drill for ceremonies and parades), Drill team (where cadets participate in armed and unarmed competitions), and PT competitions (A state wide competition based on physical fitness). The program also does fun events during the year such as hiking or going to indoor activity places. MCJROTC does out of school trips such as going to Washington DC and New York for sight seeing and enjoying the area.