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In the News: JROTC for Homeschoolers


Homeschooling in the News

A proposed defense policy bill is intended to ensure that homeschoolers are not rejected from joining local JROTC programs.

As a wife of a veteran and a mom of an infantryman, this article caught my attention. Currently our youngest son is in the local JROTC and it’s by far his favorite school subject.  Although no current law exists to bar homeschoolers from participating in Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp programs, eligibility decisions remain at the discretion of the local public and private schools. The bill has been proposed by Senators Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Doug Jones, D-Ala.

Defense bill requires local JROTC programs to admit homeschooled students

The defense policy bill would allow homeschoolers to join the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program, establishing a uniform policy across the nation and eliminating any ambiguity regarding homeschooled students’ eligibility.

While there previously was no law barring homeschooled students from joining JROTC programs, the National Defense Authorization Act includes a measure Sens. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and Doug Jones, D-Ala., introduced in February to ensure homeschoolers aren’t rejected from joining JROTC programs at local public and private high schools.

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With five kids in their teen and early adult years, Rebecca shares the many ups and downs of parenting, homeschooling, and keeping it all together. As the Well Planned Gal she mentors women towards the goal of discovering the uniqueness Christ has created in them and their family and how to best organize and plan for the journey they will travel.

  • Rhonda Gilliam

    Thrilled to see forward thinking in the matter.
    My daughter was homeschooled until high school where she was able to enter MCJROTC which changed her life. Our disctric had no provisions for allowing homeschool to participate. For us many factors contributed to going back to brick and mortar. Both home and public schooling had wonderful benefits and allowing an integration is a fantastic option.

    January 17, 2020 at 8:26 am Reply
  • Courtney

    My sophomore homeschooled son is also participating in AJROTC at our local high school in Ferguson, MO. We have a relatively small unit so our CO was thrilled to have another student come in! Our district has been very accommodating as well and enrolled him for just JROTC with no problems.

    January 17, 2020 at 2:57 pm Reply

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