Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
Eagle Battalion Mission: To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens
The Army Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) Program originated as part of the National Defense Act of 1916. The ROTC program consists of three levels of instruction: the senior division, the military schools division, and the junior division. Our unit, the Eagle Battalion, is a junior division unit and was established in 1995 following application by Thomas A. Edison High School to the Department of the Army. After our first inspection by U. S. Army Cadet Command, the Eagle Battalion was awarded the Honor Unit with Distinction gold star, the highest possible rating. Our Battalion has successfully maintained this status since the unit’s inception. Each cadet proudly wears the gold star on the right side of their uniform jacket just above their name tag.
The JROTC Program mission philosophy is "To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens." The JROTC Program is a service to our nation that provides cadets the motivation and skills to remain drug free, graduate from high school, and become successful citizens. The Program works to instill in students in secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the community and the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. Junior ROTC cadets may qualify for an advanced placement in the Active or Reserve Components of the Armed Forces. There is no military obligation associated with JROTC.
Thomas A. Edison High School has been selected by the Military Student Support Process Action Team (MSSPAT) reviewer for the 2022-2023 Purple Star Designation Award.