Building a foundation that will last a lifetime, JROTC cadets are among a special group of high school students headed for success. Cadets in the joint JROTC/ Embry-Riddle program are able to make the most of a high school education.

The focus of Embry-Riddle’s JROTC support mission is the student. In addition to learning the value of citizenship, leadership, and service to the community, cadets participating in our Embry-Riddle dual-enrollment program receive college credit, exposure to professional flight operations, and an advanced education sanctioned by the headquarters elements for both AFJROTC and NJROTC.

Embry-Riddle courses supplement the existing JROTC curriculum, providing cadets with specific aerospace and technology learning that will enhance their futures, regardless of what path they may choose to pursue after graduation. Technology-based curriculum is offered during the normal JROTC week of classes that is designed to expose the student to a deeper, more challenging, and more focused look at specific topics that share relevance to both the uniformed service and the aerospace community like Principles of Aeronautics, Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, or Introduction to Space Flight to name a few. In addition to the college credit conferred at the completion of a course, industry certifications that will help the cadet establish their professional resume are also offered. Cadets can earn up to 18 semester hours of college credit in three years.


JROTS programs and the Institute have established a SMART@ER partnership to expand Space, Manufacturing, Aviation, Robotics, Engineering and aerospace science opportunities to high school cadets across the country. Our dual-programs focus on private pilot operations and small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

Through these courses students are motivated to earn up to 18 college credits and also four to five vocational certifications. These industry certifications include sUAS safety, UAS Line-of-Site Safety Operations, FAA Remote Pilot-in-Command (Part 107), and FAA Private Pilot Ground certification. JROTC program opportunities are expanding yearly, establishing JROTC as an emerging leader in secondary school STEM curriculum programming.

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