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. - 4:30 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 MSG (Ret) James R. Thurston [email protected]
Smyrna High School Website
SAI MAJ (Ret) James Jones [email protected]
AI 1SG (Ret) Jay Farmer
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    
10 Sep 22 Oakland High School  
17 Sep 22 Siegel High School
15 Oct 22 Blackman High School
29 Oct 22 Riverdale High School
Rifle Competitions    
5-9 Dec 22 Rockvale/ LHS SCHS/ Smyrna Siegel/ BHS
23-27 Jan BHS/LHS SCHS/Rockvale Siegel/Smyrna
13-17 Feb BHS/ SCHS Rockvale/Smyrna  Siegel/ LHS
9-Mar NG Armory  
Drill Competitons    
17 Dec 22 SCHS @ NG Armory
21 Jan 22 Rockvale @ NG Armory
11 Feb 22 Smyrna High  @ NG Armory
4 Mar 22 LaVergne High @ NG Armory
JPA Schedule    
14-Mar Smyrna    
16-Mar Stewarts Creek    
17-Mar Riverdale    
20-Mar LaVergne  
22-Mar Rockvale    
23-Mar Oakland    
24-Mar Blackman    
Military Ball    
19 Nov 22 LaVergne    
2-Dec-22 Stewarts Creek    
3-Dec-22 Siegel  
10-Dec-22 Riverdale    
10-Dec-22 Smyrna    
28 Jan 23 Blackman    
4-Feb-23 Rockvale    
25-Feb-23 Oakland    
Award Ceremonies    
5-Apr-23 Rockvale    
5-Apr-23 Smyrna    
6-Apr-23 Riverdale    
11-Apr-23 Siegel    
13-Apr-23 Blackman    
13-Apr-23 LaVergne    
13-Apr-23 Stewart's Creek    
20-Apr-23 Oakland