Authorization.  The enactment of Public Law 88-647 and codification in Title 10, U.S.C., Sec. 2031, dated 17 October 1968, authorized the military service secretaries to commission Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) units at secondary schools that meet established criteria.  Accordingly, the Secretary of the Navy authorized the Commandant of the Marine Corps to establish Marine Corps JROTC (MCJROTC) units throughout the United States and its’ territories.


Purpose.  The purpose of the MCJROTC program, commonly referred to as “Junior ROTC”, is to instill a value of citizenship, service to country, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.  Any particular commitment to the military is non-obligatory.  The legal basis as codified is implemented by the Department of Defense.  The governing directive, 1205.13 “ROTC Program for Secondary Educational Institutions”, is dated June 16, 1982.


The Department of Defense funds and sponsors JROTC through the Secretaries of the Military Departments.  MCJROTC is funded and sponsored through the Office of the Secretary of the Navy.  Legally, the JROTC program offered in high school must be no less than three years.  Each year of the program contains 180 of leadership education.  The program may extend over four years.  Herefor High School meets these requirements. Similar programs are conducted nationwide by the other three services.


Philosophy.    Chartered in 1982 as approved by school board of the Hereford Independent School District, the MHS MCJROTC Leadership Department is one of over 250 Marine Corps units to offer leadership and social science courses in an atmosphere of the military traditions and customs of the U.S. Marine Corps.


The U.S. Marine Corps is noted for its great esprit de corps, its determined pursuit of excellence, its development of strong leaders, its will to be second to none, and its belief that the exertion of maximum effort is what makes champions.  The MCJROTC department is founded on these ideals and principles.  The Marine Corps sponsors this military program and under this program cadets are authorized to wear the modified Marine Corps uniform.


The guiding philosophy of the department is to provide a wholesome, patriotic and invigorating atmosphere in which cadets are inspired toward maximum achievement.  Cadets are developed toward the ideal of the “whole person” by carefully correlated academic, military and physical fitness programs.  The department provides training and education, which prepares a young person for post-high school endeavors and responsible citizenship in a free and competitive society.


While the military and extracurricular programs are considered of vital importance to the development of a well-rounded personality, the ultimate goal of the department is to pursue academic excellence in all disciplines taught at Hereford High School.