The Coast Guard established its first JROTC unit in 1992, in Miami, FL. Under recent federal legislation, the Coast Guard is expanding the JROTC program to every Coast Guard District by 2025.
Per 10 USC Chapter 102, the flagship purpose of JROTC 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, the program develops 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 .