The LPSD JROTC Program


The Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) is a program offered to high schools that teaches students character education, student achievement, wellness, leadership, and diversity. It is a cooperative effort between the Army and the high schools to produce successful students and citizens, while fostering in each school a more constructive and disciplined learning environment. The outcomes of the JROTC program are:

  • Act with integrity and personal accountability as they lead others to succeed in a diverse and global workforce
  • Engage civic and social concerns in the community, government, and society
  • Graduate prepared to excel in post-secondary options and career pathways
  • Make decisions that promote positive social, emotional, and physical health
  • Value the role of the military and other service organizations

With the school’s support, the JROTC program achieves these outcomes by using a world-class 21st Century, technology driven, student centered curriculum. The curriculum consists of education in citizenship, leadership, social and communication skills, physical fitness and wellness, geography, and civics.

The curriculum is facilitated and taught by retired Army personnel. Qualified retired Army personnel are employed by the schools to teach the JROTC curriculum. JROTC teacher qualifications are based on military experience, maturity, stability, and leadership acquired over 20 years of service to our nation. To safeguard the viability of the JROTC program, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Education endorse the proposition that states recognize that JROTC instructors are certified to teach JROTC and the array of subject areas embedded (e.g., Physical Education, Health/Wellness, Civics, etc.).

JROTC is a successful program, making substantial contributions to students, schools, and communities which benefit greatly from its presence. The benefits of JROTC are reflected in metrics impacting all schools in the U.S.

What is JROTC?


The United States Army Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) came into being with the passage of the National Defense Act of 1916. High schools were authorized the loan of federal military equipment, the assignment of military personnel as instructors, and a prescribed course of training.

In 1964, the Vitalization Act opened JROTC up to other services and replaced most of the active duty instructors with retirees who worked for and were cost shared by the schools

Title 10 of the U.S. Code declares that the purpose of JROTC is to instill in students the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.

JROTC has evolved into a citizenship program devoted to the moral, physical and educational uplift of American youth. The program retains its military structure and the resultant ability to infuse in its student cadets a sense of discipline and order.

The study of ethics, citizenship, communication, leadership, life skills and other subjects designed to prepare young men and women to take their place in adult society, evolved as the core of the program. More recently, an improved student centered curriculum focusing on character building and civic responsibility is being presented in every JROTC classroom.

JROTC is a continuing success story. From a modest beginning of 6 units in 1916, the program has expanded to 1645 schools today and to every state in the nation and American schools overseas. Cadet enrollment has grown to 281,000 cadets with 4,000 professional instructors in the classroom.

Each of the 3 Lafourche Parish High Schools has an Army JROTC program with a combined enrollment of nearly 400 cadets taught by retired United States Army Officers, and Noncommissioned Officers.


Darryl Carnes

COL Darryl Carnes
Senior Army Instructor
Phone: (985) 446-8685
Email: [email protected]

Dean Matherne

MSG Dean Matherne
Army Instructor
Phone: (985) 446-8685
Email: [email protected]


William Wedley

MAJ William Wedley
Senior Army Instructor
Phone: (985) 532-3438
Email: [email protected]


Keith Menyweather

LTC Keith Menyweather
Senior Army Instructor
Phone: (985) 532-5052
Email: [email protected]

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