Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a four-year progressive program which is open to all students in grades 9–12. In 2018-19, GCPS offers JROTC units at 14 locations— Air Force units at Collins Hill High, Dacula High, Meadowcreek High, North Gwinnett High, and Shiloh High; Army units at Berkmar High, Central Gwinnett High, Discovery High, Grayson High, Norcross High, and South Gwinnett High; a Marine unit at Parkview High; and Navy units at Duluth High and Peachtree Ridge High. Students who complete three years of JROTC fulfill the Health and Physical Education requirement for graduation.
Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) program provides leadership training and an aerospace science program for high school students. The mission statement of the program is to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their nation and community. The yearly course of instruction (180 hours) is divided into two categories: academic (108 hours) and leadership (72 hours). Academic studies include one year of the history of air power and national defense, two years of science to include aerodynamics and space operations, and one year of cadet corps management. Leadership studies include Air Force customs and courtesies, cadet corps activities, study habits, time management, communication skills, leadership/management studies, and wellness.
Army Junior ROTC (AJROTC) This program promotes success through learning and self-management. Students will develop leadership skills, learn to incorporate principles of mental and physical wellness into behaviors and decisions, and be able to characterize the role of the military and other national service organizations in building a constitutional republic. The curriculum supports the school’s mission and mandates by integrating technology, linking content to state standards, integrating reading and writing, and providing character and financial education while reinforcing the competencies taught in other academic subjects in which students are enrolled.
Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC) offers four years of progressive leadership training based on a curriculum of naval science. The NJROTC coursework involves the study of engineering in the naval environment, maritime geography, naval history of the world, international relations, human behavior, total quality leadership and followership, seamanship, and navigation. The series of courses includes orientation field trips to military facilities, mini-cruises aboard naval vessels, transportation via military aircraft, leadership camps, and optional competitive co-curricular activities after the school day ends.
Marine Corps Junior ROTC (MCJROTC) is a four-year progressive program of instruction designed to emphasize leadership education and leadership development. Basic training in leadership tenets, military history, military customs and courtesies, military organizations, citizenship, physical fitness and health, drill and ceremonies, marksmanship, time management, financial management and planning, communication skills, and career preparation is included in the cadet’s orientation to Marine Corps leadership through individual challenges and team-building exercises. An orientation visit to a Marine Corps installation every other year helps further define the roles and missions of the Marine Corps. Cadets also have the opportunity to compete in extracurricular sports as a member of the Precision Rifle Team, Drill Team, Color Guard, Physical Fitness Team, or Orienteering Team. Riflery is a Georgia High School Association varsity sport and the Precision Rifle Team is open to non-ROTC students at Parkview High.