LTC (Ret) Russell Rector
Director of JROTC 

Rutherford County Schools
2240 Southpark Drive
Murfreesboro, TN 37128

(615) 898-7974 
[email protected]

Twitter: RCS-JROTC

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Organized under the authority of the 1916 National Defense Act the Rutherford County High Schools' Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) program was first established in 1967 at Central High School. In the years since, with approximately 1200 cadets currently enrolled the program has expanded into eight area high schools, with Rockvale High School opening in the 2019-2020 school year.

The mission of the JROTC program is the "Motivate Young People to be Better American Citizens." The JROTC program prepares a student for life, not for the military. A JROTC cadet is under no obligation to join the military. The interest of the JROTC program is simply to give a student the opportunity to develop and improve him or herself. To accomplish this task the program uses military skills to teach self-discipline, selflessness, confidence, teamwork and pride in a job well done. The JROTC is a credited course given during the regular school hours. It teaches a broad spectrum of subjects, including American Military History, government, verbal and written communication, current events, financial planning and wellness. In addition, the program offers extracurricular activities like Drill Team, Color Guard, Air Rifle Team, Raider Team, JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl (JLAB), and JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC/Summer Camp).

Since 2005, the U.S. Army JROTC program has been accredited as a Special Purpose Program by the national accrediting agency known as AdvancED (www.advanc-ed.org). JROTC curriculum provides equitable and challenging academic content and authentic learning experiences for all Cadets. All lessons are designed using a four part model to motivate the Cadet, allow the Cadet to learn new information, practice competency, and apply the competency to a real-life situation. Moreover, the four part model requires Cadets to collaborate, reflect, develop critical thinking skills, and integrate content with other disciplines. JROTC curriculum includes lessons in leadership, health and wellness, physical fitness, first-aid, geography, American history and government, communications, and emotional intelligence.

The curriculum is rigorous and relevant to 21st century education. In fact, Rutherford County allows credit substitution for Life Time Wellness, Health, (two years)US. Government, and Financial Planning (three years).  Our curriculum meets the standards of Common Core State Standards and aligns with Career and Technical Education clusters.

Perhaps the most important unusual part of the JROTC program is the fact that it does not just teach; it also trains. It trains students in personal skills like studying effectively, taking test, developing winning habits, job interviewing, overcoming fears of failure, and setting goals for themselves. The course also trains cadets in leadership skills like motivating others, making decisions, planning, working as a team member, and problem solving.

The instructors are retired active duty Army officers and non-commissioned officers who are certified by the U.S. Army to teach JROTC. They are employed by the Rutherford County School Board and are full time members of the high school faculty.

DAI Office 
DAI LTC(Ret) Russ Rector [email protected]
MPC  1SG (Ret) Ira Turner [email protected]
Supply  SSG (Ret) Kenneth Ford [email protected]
Blackman High School              Website
SAI COL (Ret) Jeffrey Gaylord [email protected]
AI CW3 (Ret) Eric Hopper [email protected]
AI 1SG (Ret) James Hart [email protected]
Lavergne High School    Website
SAI LTC (Ret) Glenn Shirley [email protected]
AI 1SG (Ret) Victor Sanchez [email protected]
Oakland High School Website
SAI LTC (Ret) Mitchell Murray [email protected]
AI CSM (Ret) Mike Daniels [email protected]
Riverdale High School Website
SAI COL (Ret) Leonard Brannom  [email protected]
AI SGM (Ret) Mike Campbell [email protected]
Rockvale High School Website
SAI LTC (Ret) Shawn Waldrip [email protected]
AI 1SG (Ret) Chad Degnan [email protected]
Siegel High School Website
SAI CW4(Ret) Roger Alcendor [email protected]
AI CSM (Ret) Ronnie Argo [email protected]
Smyrna High School Website
SAI MAJ (Ret) James Jones [email protected]
AI CSM (Ret) Charles Robinson
Stewarts Creek High School Website
SAI LTC (Ret) Joel Payne [email protected]
AI 1SG (Ret) Jeff Sobocinski [email protected]
2022-2023 School Year Events  
Raider Meets    
9 Sep 23 Riverdale High School  
23 Sep 23 Oakland High School
24 Oct 23 Siegel High School
28 Oct 23 Blackman High School
Rifle Competitions    
7 Dec 23 Lane Agri Park    
25 Jan 24 Lane Agri Park    
15 Feb 24 Lane Agri Park    
7 Mar 24 Lane Agri Park  
Drill Competitons    
16 Dec 23 Smyrna @ NG Armory
217 Feb 24 Lavergne @ NG Armory
2 Mar 24 SCHS  @ NG Armory
JPA Schedule    
11-Mar Siegel    
14-Mar Stewarts Creek    
15-Mar Riverdale    
19-Mar Oakland  
20-Mar Rockvale    
21-Mar LaVergne    
22-Mar Blackman    
Military Ball    
1 Dec 23 Stewarts Creek    
2-Dec-23 Siegel    
9-Dec-23 LaVergne  
16-Dec-23 Riverdale    
27-Jan 24 Blackman    
3-Feb-24 Rockvale    
17 Feb 24 Smyrna    
24-Feb-24 Oakland    
Award Ceremonies    
3-Apr-24 Smyrna 13:00  
4-Apr-24 Rockvale 13:00  
9-Apr-24 Siegel 13:30  
Apr-24 Riverdale    
11 Apr 24 Blackman 13:00  
11-Apr-24 Stewarts Creek 13:00  
18-Apr-24 LaVergne 18:00  
18-Apr-24 Oakland 18:00