The United States Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) came into being with the passage of the National Defense Act of 1916. JROTC was established in the Broward County Public Schools District in 1973. The JROTC Program has changed greatly over the years. Once looked upon primarily as a source of enlisted recruits and officer candidates, it became a citizenship program devoted to the moral, physical and educational uplift of American youth. 28 of the 34 Broward County Public High Schools has an active JROTC program.
Broward County Public Schools has 20 Army, 2 Marine, 5 Navy JROTC, and 3 Air Force JROTC programs with a yearly average total JROTC enrollment of approximately 7,650 students per school year. The JROTC core curriculum prepares young men and women to be better citizens and leaders in their post secondary education or in the work place. Broward County Public School District JROTC instructors encourage cadets to pursue a college education as the option of first choice. Of the students remaining in JROTC for four years, over 90% attend college; 05% enter the workforce; and 5% join the Armed Forces.
Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps provides leadership training and an aerospace science program for high school students. Secondary school students who enroll in the program are offered a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular activities. The program explores the historic and scientific aspects of aerospace technology and teaches high school students self-reliance, self-discipline, and other characteristics found in good leaders. AFJROTC is open to 9th-12th grade students..
The program is not a recruiting tool for the military services and those students who participate in AFJROTC do not incur any obligation to the Air Force.