a.  DRILL.  Is an integral part of the Marine Corps Junior ROTC program. Drill teaches good discipline, enhances concentration and builds esprit de corps in a unit. In addition to being a part of the MCJROTC cadet curriculum, a drill team and drill competition is a very worthwhile cadet activity. Drill competition may be conducted from the local to the very competitive national level. Not all cadets will qualify to be a member of the Marine Corps JROTC drill team. Membership on the drill team requires a great deal of dedication and practice. 

(1)  All members of the MCJROTC Drill Team will conduct themselves in a manner as to not bring any discredit upon themselves or the drill. 

(2)  All members are solely responsible for their uniform and the maintenance of their uniform. Failure to do so will result in reduction of rank, disqualification from upcoming trip / competitions and finally suspension from the team. 

(3)  Alcohol, drugs and tobacco are strictly prohibited! 

(4)  Team members must maintain the same academic standards as any other Varsity Sport to maintain their eligibility to compete. 

(5)  Treat all weapons with respect and proper weapons handling techniques. 

(6)  Profanity will not be tolerated. 

(7)  Remember that you are what you are perceived to be and first impressions are lasting impressions! 

(8)  Un-sportsman like conduct WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!

    (9)  Treat all faculty, staff and coaches with RESPECT. 

    (10)  Any infractions of this code may result in suspension or expulsion from the team.


b.  MARKSMANSHIP.  Is an exciting and rewarding sport, yet it demands the ultimate in discipline and concentration. A cadet does not have to be big or strong or fast to be an outstanding marksman. Some Marine Corps JROTC units are not able to have marksmanship as a part of their curriculum. However, those units which are able to conduct marksmanship training have a great opportunity to learn a sport which they can enjoy the rest of their life.  Cadets must always realize that while firing an air rifle is a challenging and fun activity, it is never a game and must always be taken seriously. Safety must always be first and foremost in Marine Corps JROTC marksmanship. This applies to marksmanship in the classroom curriculum, as well as on a competitive marksmanship team.



(1)  Weapons will at all times be physically controlled and accounted for. 

(2)  The Military Instructor is responsible to the Senior Marine Instructor for the control of the weapons in their charge. 

(3)  Inventory Control: 

      (a)  Monthly: The last Friday of each month, a serialized inventory of all weapons will be conducted.

      (b)  Weekly: All weapons will be physically sighted each Friday. 

      (c)  If the Armory Room is opened, a count will be conducted at the end of each class and before lock-up at the end of the school day. 

        (d)  Discrepancies: Will be immediately reported to the SMI. 

(4)  Issue Procedures: 

         (a)  Cadets to be issued weapons will form single line outside the Arms Room. Order in this line will be maintained by the Class Commander.

              (b)  Once in the hands of the Cadets, the Class Commander will assist the MI in seeing that all weapons are physically controlled at all times. 

              (c)  If weapons are used, the Class Commander will assist the MI in returning weapons to the Arms Room and conducting a count at the end of each class period. 

(5)  Care and Cleaning: 

(a)  Weapons will be turned in to the Arms Room in a clean condition. 

(b)  Care of weapons is an all-hands job. 

(c)  Cleaning of weapons will be done under the supervision of the Instructor Staff. 

(d)  Marksmanship weapons will be cleaned by the rifle team. 

(e)  On a weekly basis, the SMI will sight all weapons for cleanliness.


d.  MARKSMANSHIP QUALIFICATION AWARDS.  JROTC cadets who participate in rifle marksmanship instruction are eligible to earn qualification badges. The badges designate three qualification levels, Marksman, Sharpshooter and Expert. The Expert badge is the highest ranking and most difficult to earn. The badges signify that the cadets who earn them have demonstrated the knowledge and skill to handle rifles safely and have mastered basic rifle marksmanship skills to achieve required scores in qualification firing tests. JROTC cadets are authorized to wear marksmanship qualification badges on their uniforms. 

(1)  Qualification Course Standards. The following standards apply to the conduct of unit qualification firing: 

               (a)  Rifles. All qualification will be with the Sporter Air Rifle. 

      (b)  Distance. Air rifle qualification firing must be done at a distance of 10 meters (33 feet).

      (c)  Targets. Air rifle qualification firing will be done on the AR 5/10.

      (d)  Clothing and Equipment. During qualification firing, a sling may be used in the prone and kneeling positions, a glove may be worn on the support hand in any position and a kneeling roll may be used in the kneeling position. Shooting jackets may not be worn when qualifying with the air rifle.

(2)  Integration with JROTC Marksmanship Curriculum. Cadets must receive marksmanship instruction before they do qualification firing. These marksmanship qualification standards and procedures are designed for qualification firing to be done in conjunction with the teaching in the MARINE CORPS JROTC Leadership Education curriculum. Qualification firing may be done in stages:

(a)  Instruction in gun safety, the operation of the rifle, the standing position, the technique of firing a shot, sight adjustments and scoring, must be completed before qualification firing is done in any firing position. After this lesson is completed, qualification firing in the standing position may be done.

(b)  After position firing lessons are completed, qualification firing in the standing and prone positions may be done. To qualify for the Marksman and Sharpshooter badges, qualification firing must be done in those two positions, standing and prone.

(c)  After qualification firing in the standing and prone positions is completed, the kneeling position may be taught and fired for qualification. To qualify for the Expert badge, qualification firing must be done in all three positions, prone, standing and kneeling.

            (d)  Qualification Scores. To receive a qualification badge, cadets must attain the following scores in qualification firing that is supervised by a unit instructor.


Qualification Badge

Firing Positions

Air Rifle AR-5/10 Target


10 shots standing

10 shots prone



10 shots standing

10 shots prone



10 shots prone

10 shots standing

10 shots kneeling


   (4)  Qualification Firing Procedures. The unit instructor will designate the times when cadets may do qualification firing. Cadets may be given multiple opportunities to fire qualifying scores.

   (5)  To earn the Marksman and/or Sharpshooter badge, a cadet will be credited with the total of the best 10-shot standing and the best 10-shot prone position scores fired during qualification firing periods designated by the instructor. The standing and prone scores count for the Marksman or Sharpshooter badges do not have to be fired at the same time or on the same day.

   (6)  To earn the Expert badge, a cadet must fire a 30-shot three-position score (10-shots prone, 10-shots standing and 10-shots kneeling, all fired at the same time) with the following sequence and time limits:

Stage Time Limit 

Preparation Period 10 minutes

Prone position 15 minutes

Changeover to standing 5 minutes

Standing position 20 minutes

Changeover to kneeling 5 minutes

Kneeling position 15 minutes

Practice or sighting shots may be fired in each position before record shots are fired, but any sighting shots and the 10 record shots must be fired within the time limit for that position.

 e.  PHYSICAL TRAINING.  A physical fitness test will be administered twice annually and is one of the requirements for promotion in rank. While it is the cadets’ primary responsibility to be able to pass the Youth Physical Fitness Test (YPFT), every effort will be made to properly prepare cadets to obtain a minimum passing score before the official test is conducted.


Classification: The following classification of total scores will be utilized to establish standards for first class, second class and third class participants.


1st Class PFT 350-500 pfts

2nd Class PFT 250-249 pts

3rd Class PFT 150-249 pts

Failing PFT Below 150 pts


(1)  Events: 

(a)  Sit-ups 

(b)  Push-ups 

      (c)  Pull-ups (male) or flexed arm hang (female) 

(d)  Broad jump 

(e)  Shuttle run 300 yards / 220 run. 

(f)  Awards: All cadets scoring more than 250 points will be awarded the Physical Fitness Achievement Ribbon, as well as the National Youth Physical Fitness Program Certificate.