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:
Leadership Educational Training (LET) Level: Students are grouped by LET level, indicating when they joined JROTC. The following is a description of each level.