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The Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) prepares students for life.

Four JROTC Navy students in a group, celebrating a race finish by holding a JROTC flag

What is JROTC?

Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is a federal program sponsored by the U.S. Armed Forces in high schools across the country. It's a year-long elective class offered at every APS high school. It teaches strong responsibility and leadership skills to help prepare students for life beyond high school.


Albuquerque High was the first APS school to get a JROTC program in 1946. Since then the program has spread to all 12 comprehensive high schools. 

How to enroll in JROTC

Students can become a part of JROTC by registering for it at school. For more information, contact your school. These are the programs that each APS high school has to offer.

JROTC Power Standards

  • Build your capacity for life-long learning
  • Communicate using verbal, non-verbal, visual, and written techniques
  • Take responsibility for your actions and choices
  • Do your share as a good citizen in your school, community, country, and the world
  • Treat self and others with respect
  • Apply critical thinking techniques

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What JROTC has to offer

Students involved in JROTC take advantage of the character building benefits that the program has to offer. They are taught a world-class curriculum that focuses on:

  • Maximizing potential for success through learning and self-management
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Incorporating principles of mental and physical wellness into behaviors and decisions
  • Building effective relationships with peers, co-workers, and the community
  • Applying physical and political geography to building global awareness
  • Correlating the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to the purposes of U.S. government
  • Relating events in U.S. history to choices and responsibilities Americans have today
  • Characterizing the role of the military and other national service organizations in building a democracy and maintaining peace in a democratic society

JROTC also holds competitions that motivate cadets and gives them the opportunity to travel to other states.

After high school, interested students receive help from the instructors to meet the criteria for acceptance into military academies and four-year college ROTC scholarships.

Contact Information

Main Phone: (505) 880-3700

Physical Address:
Bel Air North Complex 4725 Candelaria Rd NE Suite P-27 Albuquerque, NM 87110 Map

Staff Directory

Staff listed by employee, with email address and phone number.
Employee Contact Information
Msgt. Robert Valdez, USMC (Ret)
Director of JROTC Instruction and Middle School Leadership Program