How to Gain Rank in Army Jrotc

Are you always being lead and never leading? Here are some skills you need to show to help you gain rank. Just follow these steps and use all of the qualities and behaviors.

Steps

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    Always say "yes sir" and "no sir" if they are an Officer, if they are not say "Yes" or "No" then their rank.
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    Follow all commands and drills.
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    Get involved in extra JROTC programs. i.e. Drill Team, Raider Team, Color Guard.
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    Always be on time.
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    Respect your teacher.
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    Respect all cadets.
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    Always wear your uniform properly and respect it.
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    Show LDRSHIP:
    • Loyalty -to bear true faith and allegiances to the U.S. Constitution...your peers
    • Duty -to fulfill your obligations
    • Respect - to treat people as they should be treated
    • Selfless Service -to put the welfare of the nation...before your own
    • Honor -to live up to all values
    • Integrity -to do what is right, legally and morally
    • Personal Courage -to face fear, danger, or adversity
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    The 11 Principles of Leadership
    • Know yourself and seek self-improvement.
    • Be technically and tactically proficient.
    • Know your subordinates and look out for their welfare.
    • Keep you subordinates informed.
    • Set the example.
    • Insure the task is understood, supervised, and accomplished.
    • Train you subordinates as a team.
    • Make sound and timely decisions.
    • Develop a sense of responsibility among your subordinates.
    • Employ your command in accordance within capabilities.
    • Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions.
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    Listen to the instructors and leadership.
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    Pay attention. If you know your stuff, people will take notice.
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    Do well in drill. In JROTC, knowing drill will come in handy (You can't rank up without it!)
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    Don't argue with superiors. This goes in hand with respect.
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    Always set the example, even when people aren't looking!

Tips

  • It takes time, so be patient.
  • Show dedication and enthusiasm!
  • If people are ranking up before you, don't worry. Just set the example, and work harder!
  • Don't bother leadership with the constant question "When will I be promoted?"

Sources and Citations

  • Army JROTC Cadet Reference

Article Info

Categories: Careers in the Military