Coast Guard JROTC was first established by special legislation in 1989, authorizing a single unit at the MAST Academy in Miami, FL. A second unit followed in 2010 at Camden County High School in Camden, NC, established under a similar law. In 2020, Coast Guard JROTC entered a new program era, receiving authorization to establish units at secondary institutions across the nation per Title 10 U.S. Code, Chapter 102. The first two new units under this expanding legislation will be at Lucy Beckham High School in Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Pinellas Park High School in Largo, FL, in the fall of 2021.
The flagship purpose of JROTC as established by law 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.” In light of this, the mission of Coast Guard JROTC is Developing Service-Minded Citizens of Character.
To accomplish the mission, Coast Guard JROTC trains cadets on the COAST.
The acronym COAST encapsulates the five pillars of Citizenship, Operations, Advancement, Service, and Teamwork that guide and reinforce the learning that takes place in and outside of the classroom.
The five pillars of COAST correspond with our five program goals:
- Building character and values
- Learning about government and military operations from history to present day
- Preparing for a successful career
- Honoring community and country
- Learning to lead self, to lead others, and to be a positive and productive team member
Coast Guard JROTC instills in cadets a deep appreciation for the Coast Guard and our nation. Whether gradates go on to serve in the Coast Guard, another military branch, or pursue any other life path, they will develop attitudes, knowledge, and skills to help them be more prepared for tomorrow's challenges.
View our program brochure here .