Leon High School Marine Corps JROTC, Tallahassee, FL
The Leon High School MCJROTC unit was activated in 1996 and is one of over 225 units funded by the United States Marine Corps. Leon’s MCJROTC has been designated as a "Distinguish Unit" 15 times. The Senior Marine Instructor and the Marine Instructor are both retired Marines with 50 years of combined military service.
The first two years of MCJROTC satisfies the two-year Life Management requirement and Physical Education for graduation. LE-3 and LE-4 courses are elective courses.
The cadet must meet the following to receive credit:
1. A student may meet the H.O.P.E. - PE credit graduation requirement by earning credits in ROTC I and II.
2. Completion of two years in a Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) class satisfies 1 credit of the Physical Education activity electives. However, the student must still take the Personal Fitness class (.5 credit) to satisfy the Physical Education graduation requirement in those districts choosing this option. Students using the ROTC waiver will end up with 1.5 credits in Physical Education.
There is NO military commitment for Junior ROTC, but cadets completing two or more years of JROTC are offered special promotions upon entering the service.
The United States Marine Corps provides all uniforms at no cost to cadets and pays for tailoring uniforms. Cadets are responsible for the proper wear and maintenance of the uniform during the school year. MCJROTC has 15 ranks and over 30 ribbons for cadets to earn for wear on their uniforms.
Cadets may participate in many teams and events including: Color Guard, Drill Team, Youth Physical Fitness, JROTC Sports Competitions, Military Balls, parades and community service events.
Our graduates have served and are currently serving around the globe in the Air Force, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard. They are also attending colleges around the country including the United States Naval Academy and United States Military Academy. Many have completed college or military service and are responsible citizens working in both the private and public sector.
-Develop informed and responsible citizens.
-Develop leadership skills.
-Form habits of self-discipline.
-Explore opportunities in public service and the military services.
-Develop respect for, and an understanding of, the need for constituted authority in a democratic society.
-Promote an understanding of the basic requirements for National security.
Upon successful completion of at least two years of JROTC, graduates are entitled to advance promotion to the grade of E-2 on initial enlistment in an active or reserve component of a military service.
Military Departments may award the grade of E-3 for successful completion of three academic years of JROTC.
The cadet who has completed three years of JROTC may be entitled to a ROTC Scholarship by the college concerned.
Graduates may apply for the Marine Corps PLC program during the summer prior to the freshman year of college.
Cadets may apply to the military academies in a special JROTC nomination category.
To enroll the student must:
-Be enrolled in and attending a regular course of instruction at Leon High School.
-Be a citizen of the United States, U.S. National, or lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.
-Be of good moral character as determined by the school principal and the SMI.
-Be physically qualified to participate fully in regular physical education courses.