The Congress of the United States established the US Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Program in 1916. Two years later in September of 1919, Sergeant Harry Lanier established the first JROTC Program at Columbus High School; followed by Jordan, Carver, Hardaway, Spencer, Kendrick, Shaw, and Northside. The MCSD JROTC Department includes eight schools in Muscogee County School District (MCSD) and one in Chattahoochee County: Chattahoochee County High School. The Muscogee County School District and Chattahoochee County School District, Russell County School District, and Stewart County School District are partners with the United States Army to develop, mentor, train, and teach young people to become better citizens in this great nation of ours and continue lifelong learners.
In 2015, The MCSD JROTC Directorate proposes that the name of the JROTC brigade be the ‘Lighthouse Brigade’ in homage to the symbol of the Muscogee County School District. In addition to the name, the Lighthouse Brigade will also espouse four core values: PRINCIPATUS (Leadership), LITTERATURAE (Scholarship), PATRIOTISMUS (Patriotism), and PERSONAE (Character). These core values are the essence of what the JROTC Program teaches cadets, and will be the values most expected of the cadets of the Lighthouse Brigade. The MCSD JROTC Directorate requested approval from the Superintendent of Education to name the MCSD JROTC corps of cadets the Lighthouse Brigade with an effective date of January 1, 2015. The MCSD Board of Education approved the request.
The MCSD JROTC Program of Instruction is an Army-approved elective for both college-bound and vocational students in each high school. Also, JROTC can be taken in place of PE. All JROTC programs are staffed with retired officers and non-commissioned officers.
JROTC Mission: “To Motivate Young People to Be Better Citizens”
The U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is one of the largest character development, character, and citizenship programs for youth in the world. JROTC's objective is to "instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment."
Outcomes: Expose students to various career opportunities following graduation. As a result, students are prepared to attend a college/university, technical college, military service (enlistment/officership) and enter the workforce. Thus, serving as a contributing member of society with values and ethics.