Student Leadership Opportunities



The vision of the JROTC program is to provide a quality citizenship, character and leadership development program, while fostering partnerships with communities and educational institutions.

To locate a JROTC program in a nearby high school, search in the top upright corner of the website.

Air Force

Civil Air Patrol

Civil Air Patrol (CAP), the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program, including approximately 200 in West Virginia.

To locate a nearby squadron, visit and search in the upright corner of the website.

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    WV Air National Guard Life Support Instructor teaches cadets land survival.

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    Cadets receive orientation flights on a WV Army National Guard Black Hawk Helicopter.

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    Cadets practice their marksman skills.

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    Cadets use the 60' rappelling wall.

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    Cadets march to the graduation ceremony.

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    Cadets receive orientation flights on an WV Air National Guard C-130 Aircraft.

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    WV Air National Guard Life Support Instructor teaches cadets water survival.

Photos by: Capt Sixto Velez, CAP, WV Wing

Coast Guard

Coast Guard Youth Programs

The Coast Guard has a longstanding record of working with national youth programs. We are proud to support these organizations in developing character and citizenship. The Coast Guard cooperates whenever possible to provide young people with enriching educational prgorams and the chance to experience Coast Guard operations first hand. In particular, we regularly support and work with Sea Cadets, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Young Marines

The Young Marines is a youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the focal point for the U.S. Marine Corps' Youth Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

United States Marines Youth Foundation Inc.

The United States Marines Youth Foundation provides program books and videos to athletic directors so they can set up a fitness program within their school or youth organization. The K-12 program is designed to teach kids at an early age about the importance of staying healthy and promotes a "Fitness for Life" message. The 20-page full color program book is a complete how-to book and comes with scoring charts, examples of the competitive exercises, and descriptions and examples of alternative exercises for students who are not at their peak fitness levels or may need special assistance.

National Guard

West Virginia Youth Leaders Camp

The West Virginia National Guard's Youth Leaders Camp (YLC) is an unparalleled leadership opportunity proven to be physically demanding, mentally challenging and rewarding.

YLC is designed for 15- to 18-year-old students entering their junior or senior year of high school. These students have expressed a desire to be a leader in their school and community. YLC enables youth leaders to build confidence, team building skills, integrity and the ability to motivate and influence others.


U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
for Americans ages 11-17

Since 1958 the Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) has been committed to providing American youth with a drug and alcohol free environment to foster their leadership abilities, broaden their horizons through hands-on training and guide them to becoming mature young adults.

Today, the NSCC has formed partnerships with organizations such as the Foundation for Teaching Economics and the Flying Midshipman Association to offer cadets broader opportunities in areas of leadership and aviation. The NSCC also took an active part in the creation of the International Sea Cadet Association (ISCA). The ISCA is an association of Sea Cadet Corps' from around the world, whose main objective is to facilitate exchanges of cadets between member countries.