How To Become a JROTC Instructor updated 2022

Greetings and thank you for your interest in becoming an AFJROTC Instructor!  Please read all of this thoroughly BEFORE you start an application.

If you’re interested in becoming a JROTC instructor, follow these steps:
  1. Retire from the armed services. …
  2. Obtain a teaching license. …
  3. Submit appropriate forms. …
  4. Complete training. …
  5. Participate in an interview. …
  6. Receive referral. …
  7. Apply for vacancies.

Why Become an Army Junior ROTC Instructor

Am I obligated for applying?  You incur no obligation for submitting an application.  Once your application is approved, the decision to be nominated to any school, or to accept a hiring offer from any school is your choice.

Is my retired pay impacted in any way?  Being an AFJROTC instructor has no impact on your military retired pay.

Minimum application requirements:

>>WAIVERS: Waiver requests must be resolved BEFORE an online application is attempted. Waivers are considered, based on the needs of the program. Email: [email protected] with any waiver requests/questions.

>>INTEGRITY FIRST: Providing any false or misleading information during the application process is an integrity violation and will result in your disqualification.  Bypassing the pre-screening questions with inaccurate answers, or failing to disclose adverse actions is providing false and misleading information.

Who are the NJROTC Instructors?

NJROTC instructors are sea service personnel certified by NSTC and employed by school districts hosting NJROTC units.  The Department Head of Naval Science at a school hosting an NJROTC program is called the Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI). The SNSI is the commissioned officer or Warrant Officer (with a Bachelor’s degree or greater) employed by the school. Enlisted personnel or warrant officers and LDOs without degrees employed by the school in the NJROTC program are called Naval Science Instructors (NSI).

To be eligible for certification, applicants must:

  • Have at least 20 years of active duty service in the United States Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard as commissioned officers in grades W-2 through O-6, or as non-commissioned officers in grades E-6 through E-9; and
  • Be in a retired or Fleet Reserve status not more than 6 years; or
  • Have been approved for retirement benefits within the past 6 years under the Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) with 15 to 19 years of active duty service in the Navy; or
  • Be retired Naval Reserve members who are not yet receiving retirement benefits (i.e. “gray area” retirees); or
  • Have been approved for retirement benefits from the United States Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard for a medical disability within the past 6 years; and
  • Have attained the following educational degree requirements:
    • Senior Naval Science Instructor – Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
    • Naval Science Instructor – Associate’s degree from accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or must obtain one within 5 years of initial employment as a result of the FY 2007 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

If you do not already have an associate’s degree, a great way to start would be to access your SMART transcripts and have them reviewed for college credit. In addition, you could work with you education officer to CLEPP as many courses as possible. YOU MAY BE CLOSER TO A DEGREE THAN YOU THINK!

USEFUL INFORMATION: Navy College or SOCNAV issues credits based on the authority that the individual Sailor/Marine has already proven he/she can work, supervise, manage, and complete the necessary tasks and skills at the higher rank level, but is unable to be selected for the higher grade via the selection boards due to high exam multiples, promotion ceilings, etc. The Navy/Marine Corps feels that if the Sailor/Marine is scoring high enough to pass the exam and has proven he/she has the knowledge to operate at the next level, credit should be given.

To obtain this credit, military members need to access the BUPERS website and print an exam profile sheet for the next higher pay grade. Upon obtaining the profile sheet, members must have it “certified to be a true copy” (this can be done by a supervisor of higher rank) and  where they will evaluate and add the credit to the member’s transcript, even though actual promotion was not attained for the next higher grade. Navy College Center is very good and will usually take two weeks to post on the member’s Joint Service Transcript (JST, formerly SMART).

To update other information on the JST go to:

Once employed, you will be required to attend a Navy-sponsored instructor training seminar. You must also complete the training requirements for Department of Defense JROTC Instructor Advanced Certification within two years of your initial date of employment. In addition, the state in which you accept employment may have additional requirements you must meet. Specific instructor qualification requirements will remain the decision of the local school officials.

NJROTC instructors are conspicuous military representatives in the civilian community. As such, they are expected to uphold traditional military standards of decorum and personal appearance. Instructors are required to wear the prescribed uniform while instructing and at other appropriate times. Cost of uniform acquisition and maintenance is borne by the individual instructor. Particular attention to the maintenance of proper uniforms and personal appearance standards is essential. Instructors must meet the Navy screening tables for weight by height or the percent of body fat standards set in OPNAVINST 6110.1H.

What does a JROTC instructor do?

JROTC instructors provide education on military life, history and skills to high school students. Common job responsibilities for a JROTC instructor include:

What is a JROTC instructor?

A Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, or JROTC, instructor is a licensed high school teacher with a background in military service. Many JROTC instructors transition into a teaching role for their local JROTC program retiring out of the service. The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard all offer their own JROTC programs, but the teaching requirements for instructors are similar.

How to become a JROTC instructor

If youre interested in becoming a JROTC instructor, follow these steps:

1. Retire from the armed services

All JROTC instructors must be retired non-commissioned officers or officers in their military branch. The specific ranks vary by service, so check to see what the requirements are for your situation. In most cases, applicants must have retired within a certain period of time, usually between three to five years for most branches, to be eligible as a JROTC instructor.

2. Obtain a teaching license

Since JROTC instructors teach in some public secondary schools, most must acquire a teaching license for their state. Check with your service branch and state to determine the best route to obtaining a teaching license for the purpose of working as a JROTC instructor. Many states offer accelerated licensing for this specific role.

3. Submit appropriate forms

Before you can apply to any open positions, you must first apply for a referral through your service branch. Look at the application requirements to ensure youre submitting the appropriate forms and paperwork, so youll be considered for open JROTC positions. The specific application documents vary by branch, but most include documents like proof of retirement, service evaluations, transcripts and physical fitness examinations.

4. Complete training

Some of the branches, including the U.S. Army, require aspiring JROTC instructors to take training courses, usually offered online, prior to interviewing for a referral. Check with your service branch to see if you need to complete any preliminary training for consideration as a JROTC instructor.

5. Participate in an interview

Attend an interview with your service branch to ensure you meet the requirements to work as a JROTC instructor and have the necessary skills and education. Following this interview, your service branch will determine if youre an acceptable candidate for JROTC instructor jobs.

6. Receive referral

After passing your interview, youll receive a referral to apply to open JROTC positions. Most service branches do not condone applying for vacancies before receiving a referral, as it slows down the hiring process and can cause confusion. Wait for approval before submitting applications to schools.

7. Apply for vacancies

Depending on the service branch and the school youre interested in working for, you might apply through your service branch or directly to the high school. Submit your application through the appropriate channels and attend any interviews or other hiring events to secure a position.

What is the NJROTC Instructor/Host School relationship?

In order that the maximum coordination possible is achieved between the NJROTC unit and other academic departments, the staff of the Department of Naval Science shall be given full membership in the high school’s faculty in appropriate ranks and be accorded the rights and privileges of faculty members. The SNSI is the Naval Science Department Head, and is accorded the same privileges as other host school department heads. It is desired that the SNSI encourage the high school authorities, when appropriate, to use the naval science staff members on faculty committees in order that their services may be used in the same manner as are the services of all other members of the faculty.

The selection and employment of retired officer and enlisted personnel for duty with NJROTC units and relief there from are functions of the local institution. Although retired personnel hired as NJROTC instructors are employees of the school, and are responsible to the school administrators, NSTC retains ultimate responsibility and authority for the NJROTC program. Therefore, it is expected that the instructors will meet requirements and standards prescribed by NSTC, as well as those of the host school administration.

All traditional military courtesies and respect will be accorded SNSIs/NSIs by virtue of their rank or rate; however, they are in a civilian status while employed in the NJROTC program.

Is there a special training or course for NJROTC instructors?

New Instructor Orientation Training (NIOT) seminar course of instruction to indoctrinate new SNSIs and NSIs is held annually, normally the end of July. Once hired, all instructors are required to attend this orientation training during the first year of their employment to complete the certification process.

Schools are requested to provide travel funds to the instructor. A letter will be sent to the instructor announcing the training and indicating the amount of per diem/travel expenses authorized. Schools will be reimbursed by NSTC upon submittal of a Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF) claim.

Personnel still on active duty (or terminal leave) at the time of the orientation training, but who have signed a contract with the school, may be issued Temporary Additional Duty orders by their command using NSTC accounting data.

The NJROTC New Instructor Orientation Training prerequisite online course via DoD Learn website is completed prior to the NIOT seminar. Additional courses will be provided to enhance professional skills and development online and at Area In Service Training throughout the year as prescribed by NSTC or for advanced certification.


What are the qualifications to be a JROTC instructor?

Army JROTC Instructor

Army instructors must be noncommissioned officers with a high school certificate and an associate’s degree. All applicants must have an excellent record of military performance, be within one year of retirement or have retired within the last three years.

How much money does a JROTC instructor make?

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $94,500 and as low as $17,500, the majority of Jrotc Instructor salaries currently range between $33,000 (25th percentile) to $67,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $85,500 annually across the United States.

What is it like to be a JROTC instructor?

Teaching JROTC was very rewarding but plenty of long days and some weekends if you are a dedicated instructor. Teaching was the easiest part for me as I was an Army instructor prior to working for JROTC. Loved the other teachers, staff, and support personnel with my school.

How many hours do JROTC instructors work?

In addition to teaching in the classroom there are a number of activities that will require JROTC instructors to work outside of the regular school hours. An instructor’s work week could easily exceed 50 hours and may include additional weekend activities.

How do certified instructors seek employment?

Upon certification as an instructor in the NJROTC program, personnel will be furnished a letter of certification. Current vacancy information may be obtained at the following website (  NJROTC Area Managers are available to assist prospective instructors in securing employment. However, it is the responsibility of the individual to establish contact with host schools and to arrange for employment interviews. The cost of travel to/from employment interviews must be borne by the individual or school.  A list of all certified applicants is provided to area managers and school officials with vacancies periodically.  To ensure updated contact information is provided to hiring officials, the applicant is encouraged to provide updated information as needed to the NJROTC Instructor Administration office by calling (850)452-9510 or 9511, or email [email protected].

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