Establish a JROTC Program

The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) has over 1,700 JROTC programs which represent all 50 states and several overseas locations. Currently, the U.S. Army has reached its funding limit for JROTC programs, however, further expansion will occur when funding becomes available.

JROTC and NDCC Programs

1. U.S. Army JROTC has a long and proud tradition of service to the nation through the betterment of its youth. Public and private educational institutions apply for JROTC units and commit to share costs and meet standards. A minimum of 100 Cadets in grades 9 – 12 organized into a chain of command make up a JROTC unit.

Two instructors, normally consisting of one retired officer (the Senior Army Instructor, or SAI) and one noncommissioned officer (the Army Instructor or AI) teach a rigorous curriculum and supervise Cadets in all their activities. Additional staffing may be authorized for enrollments above 150 Cadets. Military Services reimburse schools for a percentage of instructor pay and provide uniforms, equipment, automation, and an accredited and rigorous curriculum. The study of ethics, citizenship, communications, leadership, life skills, character education, service learning, and other subjects designed to prepare young men and women to take their place in adult society, serve as the core of the program.

2. A National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) program is virtually identical to JROTC except it is fully funded by schools that choose to pursue a JROTC unit without financial assistance from the U.S. Army. The NDCC unit is an excellent alternative for schools that wish to expedite a program. The school incurs all costs, to include instructors salaries, uniforms, and daily operational expenses. The U.S. Army will supply curriculum material for the instructors and the students/Cadets. The U.S. Army will also supply forms and regulations that are required to successfully conduct the program. Schools hosting an NDCC unit must comply with statutory and regulatory guidance as regular JROTC units; specifically, units must employ a minimum of two instructors certified by HQ USACC.

3. The following steps are required for establishing a JROTC/NDCC program:

  1. Determine the appropriate program you would like to apply for.
  2. Select the program application you would like to apply for:
    1. NDCC
    2. JROTC
  3. Complete the desired application.
  4. Mail completed applications to the appropriate Brigade address in your state. The addresses for the JROTC brigades are listed on the JROTC web site.

4. If you have additional questions, please feel free to call us at (502) 624-1649 or e-mail Mr. Billy Smith at

Mail completed applications to the appropriate Brigade address below for your state.

Brigade State Contacts

2nd Brigade
(CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, Germany, Italy)
U.S. Army Cadet Command
Bldg 5212 Maryland Avenue
Fort Dix, NJ 08640-5240
Phone: (609) 562-4448
Fax: (609) 562-2041

3rd Brigade
(IA, IL, KS, MN, MO, ND, NE, SD, WI)
3rd Brigade
U.S. Army Cadet Command
Great Lakes Naval Base, Bldg 73
Great Lakes, IL 60088
Phone: (847) 688-3328, ext 126
Fax: (847) 688-3259

4th Brigade
(DC, DE, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV)
U.S. Army Cadet Command
2175 Reilly Road, STOP A
Fort Bragg, NC 28310-5000
Phone: (910) 432-4499
Fax: (910) 396-3854

5th Brigade
(AR, AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT, WY)
5th Brigade
U.S. Army Cadet Command
1939 Buck Road, 2nd Floor
Ft. Sam Houston, TX 78234-5050
Phone: (210) 295-2009
Fax: (210) 295-2017

6th Brigade
(AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, PR, VI)
6th Brigade
U.S. Army Cadet Command
246 Blanton Road, Bldg 1031, Suite 100
Hunter Army Airfield, GA 31409
Phone: (912) 315-8460
Fax: (912) 315-7800

7th Brigade
(IN, KY, MI, OH, TN)
7th Brigade
U.S. Army Cadet Command
328 Third Ave, Bldg 1468
Fort Knox, KY 40121-5610
Phone: (502) 624-8299; (502) 624-3275
Fax: (502) 624-6241

8th Brigade
(AK, AS, CA, GU, HI, ID, MP, MT, NV, OR, WA, Korea, Japan)
8th Brigade
U.S. Army Cadet Command
Attn: JROTC Ops Section, MS 83
Box 339500
Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA 98433-9500
Phone: (253) 966-7184
Fax: (253) 477-3540