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JROTC
Leadership, Integrity, Honesty, Commitment, Citizenship, Respect

Welcome to the Wells Academy High School Junior ROTC Raiders Battalion Webpage. The Wells' Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is part of the Chicago CPS JROTC programs, which is the largest in the country. Since its inception in 1946, the mission of the Wells' JROTC Raiders Battalion has been to motivate students to become better citizens, while teaching students the value of leadership, service to the community, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment while instilling self-esteem, teamwork, and self-discipline.

It is very important to note that JROTC does NOT recruit for the military. Its students DO NOT incur a military obligation of any type before, during, or after completion of the program.

In addition to regular classroom instruction, students may also participate in challenging and fun activities throughout the year. These activities include community service, toy drives, food drives, drill competition, color guard competition, rifle drill competition, cadet physical fitness challenge, orienteering, parades, and a military ball. Many of these events are planned and executed by student leaders throughout the year. In addition to these events, students who have exhibited outstanding leadership qualities and motivation will be chosen to attend trips to Washington D.C., Gettysburg, PA, The Military Academies, Ft Knox, KY, and Springfield, IL. Some students will also participate in the summer JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge or the Command and Staff Leadership Camp.

This program prepares high school students for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. It is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities which will benefit the student, community, and nation.

Each JROTC unit has its own appointed cadet officers and noncommissioned officers to provide student leadership roles and give a military structure to all activities. Cadets learn to work together for the common good while developing self-discipline and a sense of responsibility.

The curriculum is based upon a systematic progression of learning: The scope, focus, and content of instruction are both sequential and independent. It builds on previous capabilities and allows a great deal of flexibility to the instructors.

Core Subjects include:
  • Citizenship in Action
  • Leadership Theory and Application
  • Foundations for Success
  • Wellness, Fitness and First Aid
  • Geography, Map Skills, and Environmental Awareness
  • Citizenship in American History and Government


Leadership Educational Training (LET) Level: Students are grouped by LET level, indicating when they joined JROTC. The following is a description of each level.
  • LET I -- The mission of Leadership Education and Training (LET) is to motivate first-year JROTC cadets to be better citizens. To accomplish this purpose, the text discusses citizenship, leadership, and a number of other courses designed to help the cadets succeed in high school and after graduation. Cadets wear uniforms one time each week. Extracurricular activities include: Providing color guards, eating at concession stands, participating in community parades, drill and rifle teams.
  • LET II -- The second year of Leadership Education and Training provides more details about leadership situations. The program is split into units including Techniques of Communication, Leadership, Cadet Challenge, Leadership Lab, First Aid, Map Reading, History, Your American Citizenship, Career Opportunities, and Role of the U.S. Army. The wearing of the uniform and extracurricular activities are the same as for LET I.
  • LET III -- The third year of Leadership Education and Training provides still more leadership situations. In this year students will not only be more involved as teacher and leaders within the cadet battalion, but they will also do more independent studies in the areas of communication, leader, first aid, history, map reading, career opportunities, and technology awareness. The wearing of the uniform and the extracurricular activities are the same as for LET I.
  • LET IV -- Fourth-year cadets are responsible for the daily cadet administration and perform as commanders and staff officers. They act as assistant instructors in some subject areas for other JROTC classes. They continue to develop their leadership skills and plan special unit events such as the military ball or the annual awards banquet.