There are many activities involved in the JROTC program. For example we have Color Guard and Drill. Colorguard is a group of 4-5 cadets that carry the National and the State flag. The colorguard conists of 2 guards, they have the rifles and are stationed on the end of the formation, and the flags, which are stationed between the 2 guards. Drill on the other hand is a mass formation of 1-unlimited number of cadets that stand and march in a mass formation. Most drill formations include the use of rifles although it is not required as it is in the color guard. These "teams" are not mandatory to be in the program; there are many other teams like:
I mentioned above "higher ranking cadets"; well let me explain the rank system:
When you first join the program as a freshman in high school you are started as an E1 which means simply Enlisted 1st position. As you advance with the promotion policy, which is different for each school, you will be promoted as long as your grades are high enough for your teacher to recommend you and you complete the promotion requirments. On your first promotion you are promoted to E2 which means Enlisted 2nd position... which is also called Private. The same goes on until you get to where you can move to an officer positon whereas the E changes to an O and you have greater authority in the program. Enough with ranks for now, if you would like more info please see the link at the bottom of this page.
I know it seems as if I have just been rambling on but this info is inportant and if you are tired of reading I assure you I am tired of typing and yet i press on so i urge you to continue for this info can earn you more money in the future.
Here are some pictures of Color Guard and Drill Teams : These are not my school so be aware i am not in the pictures and all credit goes
to the teams in these pictures.
Now lets get back to the subject of this article, Why is it believed that you must join the military if you join ROTC? This is believed because of the military manner of the JROTC program. Yes JROTC does follow a military manner and yes ROTC does slightly mimic the military ways. But in no way is ROTC the military! Take the pictures above, you see these kids preforming? They were not forced to do that, all decisions in ROTC are yours to make and you are not forced into any military contract in any way. But you ask "Well why is there so much word around that everyone in ROCT joined the military and they were forced to do so." Well most people that join ROCT are planning on a military career, but not all, and completing the program will aid you in military ways and military discipline so you get a "jump-start" on the non ROTC joiners of the military. Even if you do not plan in joining the military one day, the program is plenty fun and counts for more than one credit. So why not join, you will see the difference in the way you act and behave after only a short time in the program even if you have no dreams of ever being in the military.