The National Defense Act of 1916 established and organized JROTC programs at public and private educational institutions. Atlanta has had a JROTC unit since 1918, when its first unit was established at Boys High School known now as Grady High School. In 1964, the Vitalization Act opened JROTC up to other services and replaced most of the active duty instructors with retirees.
JROTC prepares high school students for responsible leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The program is a stimulus for promoting graduation from high school, and it provides instruction and rewarding opportunities that will benefit the student, community and nation. The JROTC curriculum also aids in the development of broad, life-long skills that are essential for success in the cadet's life and future career roles. These skills are not learned in one lesson or LET (Leadership,Education, Training), but are linked to lesson competencies and integrated throughout the curriculum.