Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC)

2023-2024 RISD Ambassador Applications

  • Interested individuals apply through an online application process.
  • Applications open May 15.
  • The application deadline is July 15.


The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the largest character development and citizenship programs for youth in the world. The National Defense Act of 1916 established organized JROTC programs at public and private educational institutions. In 1964, Congress expanded the program to all military services and changed from active duty to shared support from the services and schools. As congressionally mandated by Title 10 United States Code, Section 2031, each military service must have a JROTC program to “instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” JROTC’s mission, “To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens”, is the guide post for the program’s success.


No, there is no service obligation for taking JROTC. It does look great on a resume or school application
PE or elective credit is given for the four years of JROTC.
The uniform is provided free in JROTC, the only cost is for cleaning and any lost items.
Yes, wearing of the uniform is a required activity weekly on the specified uniform day.
Yes, there are many opportunities that JROTC can help with getting into the college of your choice.
Yes, a student that successfully completes at least two years of JROTC can receive an advanced enlistment grade in the military service or advanced placement in the college level ROTC.
RISD offers JROTC at all four high schools. Please note that just because you join JROTC at the high school level it does not mean that you will have to join the military when you graduate. You can also join JROTC and gain PE credit at the same time. You can join at any high school grade level. Please contact your local high school instructors for any information.

JROTC Directory:

High SchoolInstructorEmailPhone Number
Berkner HSMajor Patrick Laverenzpatrick.laverenz@risd.org469-593-7235
Berkner HSSSG James Rodgersjames.rodgers@risd.org469-593-7235
Lake Highlands HSLt Colonel Robert Geraldrobert.gerald@risd.org469-593-1029
Lake Highlands HSMaster Sergeant Calvin Washingtoncalvin.washington@risd.org469-593-1029
Pearce HSLt Colonel Norman Mortonnorman.mortan@risd.org469-593-5177
Pearce HSSergeant First Class Billy Patterson Jr.billy.patterson@risd.org469-593-5176
Richardson HSCaptain Jamie Lawrencejamie.lawrence@risd.org469-593-3214
Richardson HSFirst Sergeant Venson Herronvenson.herron@risd.org469-593-3223