Patchogue-Medford High School
What is JROTC?
JROTC is also known as Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, there are about 3,275 programs in the world (794 are Air Force). The program is offered in high school as an elective class. Students take an Aerospace Science class throughout their entire high school career. Along with the class comes with wearing a uniform, and participating in after-school activities. Many of our cadets consider our unit a family! Scroll for more information.
*There is no military obligation when participating in JROTC*
What is the JROTC program all about?
Our Elective Classes
Our program at the Patchogue-Medford High School offers an Aerospace Science (AS) class, this can be taken for up to 4 years. If chosen to be taken throughout a student's high school career, they will have the opportunity to learn about the history of aviation, the science behind flight, including in-depth lessons on aircraft mechanisms, and the exploration of space.
Other than our curriculum-based lessons, students will have the opportunity to learn about current events and history lessons, along with so much more.
During the 2020/2021 school year, the instructors and Cadet staff are working diligently to make this year as fun and memorable for the cadets as possible while following Covid-19 protocols.
Note that students are not obligated to take all 4 years and a minimum of 3 years will grant them automatic JROTC credit for ROTC in college if interested.
After School Activities
Besides our elective class, this unit offers over 14 extracurricular activities where you have various chances to earn community service hours, leadership qualities and so many exciting and valuable memories and friends that you'll cherish long after high school.
Our after-school activities are full of options to choose from, such as performance teams, Public Affairs, Fundraising, Model rocketry and so much more.
We are aware that the 2020-2021 school year is different from every other year we have had thus far, but the Instructors and Top Staff are working very hard to find new ways to have our after-school activities in safe and responsible ways.
Our program is well known for its family-like qualities. We are all here because we want to be, and that reason alone connects us all. The program has something for every student in PMHS. Our cadets work very hard to make sure we have a quality unit and their hard work and dedication do not go unnoticed.
The Top STAFF
Cadet Commander: Lane Kuroly
Deputy Commander: Megan Durinick
These two seniors have shown their commitment and dedication to our unit through their past three years of high school and JROTC. This school year (2020-2021) is their chance to give back to the program that has shaped them into the strong leaders they are today.
What Are Top Cadets Responsible For?
Two seniors are chosen to oversee and regulate all JROTC events including our after school activities and control our main events such as our annual banquet. All JROTC units are run by cadets, meaning that students have control over the wide range of activities we have to offer.
About Our Cadets
"Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all that we do"
PATCHOGUE- MEDFORD HIGH SCHOOL HAS A TOTAL OF 51 CADETS ENROLLED CURRENTLY.
A TOTAL OF 28 CADETS PARTICIPATE/ HAVE RECENTLY COMPLETED SPORTS INSIDE/ OUT OF SCHOOL
OVER 41 OF OUR CADETS ARE/ HAD RECENTLY BEEN ENROLLED IN AP OR HONORS CLASSES.
WE OFFER MORE THAN 14 EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES THAT EARN CADETS COMMUNITY SERVICE.
Our After School Activities Include...
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I join?
Short answer, because it looks good on college applications and job resumes.
Long answer, because this unit is less of a class and more of life experience. I have heard students say that this unit changed their life and they have made life long friends through it. This unit isn't all great though, we have to do tests and quizzes on things that will actually help us in the long run. So why should you join? Because we think it could change your life
When can I join?
Now! Right now!
Students can join at any time in the 4 years they are in High School, we have what is called a "blended schedule" which means that there are Freshmen, Sophmore, Juniors, and Seniors all in the same class. This has helped us because it allows all cadets to help one another and learn from each other. Having a blended schedule also allows for students to take the class any period and not be restricted to one or two class periods.
Do I have to join the military?
No. JROTC is not a military recruitment program, it is simply an elective class taken for up to 4 years. In the class, you learn about the military but many of our cadets don't join the military and they choose to go to college or trade school.