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Army - JROTC

Senior Army Instructor LTC(RET) Layman

Massanutten Military Academy’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps falls under the United States Army Cadet Command. Our Corps of Cadets is lead by the Senior Army Instructor, LTC(RET) Lester Layman.

As part of the MMA curriculum, all high school cadets are enrolled into the Army JROTC program. Utilizing the resources and structure of this program, we are able to provide leadership skills that will last them a lifetime.

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“To Motivate Young People to be Better Citizens”


“Providing a quality citizenship, character, and leadership development program, while fostering partnerships with communities and educational institutions.”

The U.S. Army JROTC Curriculum:

     The JROTC curriculum, which fully or partially addresses a number of national academic standards - to include Common Core State Standards (CCSS) - includes course work on leadership, civics, geography and global awareness, health, and wellness, language arts, life skills, and U.S. history. The curriculum is based on the principles of performance-based, learner-centered education and promotes development of core abilities: capacity for life-long learning, communication, responsibility for actions and choices, good citizenship, respectful treatment of others, and critical thinking techniques.

     More important than “what” is learned in JROTC is “how” it is learned. Every classroom is equipped with leading edge technologies to teach, assess, and report student progress. Teachers are trained to utilize a range of technologies and develop social/emotional skills, support academic content through gaming and simulations, and promote the role of social media. Thus, students engage in meaningful, purposeful activities that lead them to demonstrate success through a portfolio of accomplishments.

The U.S. Army JROTC Co-Curricular Activities:

     In addition to the Army JROTC curriculum, Massanutten Military Academy also participates in three of the co-curricular activites:

  • JROTC Leadership Challenge and Academic Bowl (JLAB): a competitive program that imparts values of leadership and citizenship while preparing for higher education milestones like college entrance exams.

The JROTC Creed:

  • I am an Army Junior ROTC Cadet.
  • I will always conduct myself to bring credit to my family, country, school and the Corps of Cadets.
  • I am loyal and patriotic.
  • I am the future of the United States of America.
  • I do not lie, cheat or steal and will always be accountable for my actions and deeds.
  • I will always practice good citizenship and patriotism.
  • I will work hard to improve my mind and strengthen my body.
  • I will seek the mantle of leadership and stand prepared to uphold the Constitution and the American way of life.
  • May God grant me the strength to always live by this creed.
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