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The JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps) Career Academy Program is a unique and innovative enterprise joining together the experience and resources of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Department of Education (DoED). JROTC Career Academies represent a partnership among the DoD, the DoED, individual school districts, and the business community. The program personalizes instruction through schools-within-schools and provides the leadership and vocational and academic training that youth at risk of dropping out of school need to compete in a changing global economy. As a new partner in career academies, JROTC brings a long history of developing skills in leadership, self-discipline, and citizenship in high school students. The JROTC Career Academy Program emphasizes high school graduation through academic instruction; critical skills development through a career field focus; and citizenship, leadership, responsibility, values, and discipline through the JROTC course of instruction. This guidebook is designed as a planning aid for districts participating in the program. It describes the academy model and the roles of various participants, and provides an implementation timeline and a bibliography, as well as a brief list of useful, related reports published by the National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE).

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    Theoretical Basis and Overview of the Academy Model

  • Chapter Three

    Participant Responsibilities

  • Chapter Four


  • Appendix

    JROTC Career Academy Implementation Timeline

  • Bibliography

Through its National Defense Research Institute (NDRI), a federally funded research and development center supported by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, and the defense agencies, RAND has contracted with the Department of Defense to assist in developing the JROTC Career Academy Program and to evaluate it. The work for this guidebook was done in NDRI's Forces and Resources Policy Center.

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