JROTC is a four year program students can participate in to achieve credits for graduation and to instill in cadets the leadership values of citizenship, service, personal responsibility, discipline and a sense of accomplishment.
SHS Army Junior ROTC began in 1969 and is one of 250 Junior ROTC programs under the 6th Brigade Eastern Region, U.S. Army Cadet Command, Fort Knox, Kentucky. Over 200 cadets make up the Sarasota High Bulldog Battatlion.
The program is based on military structure comprised of companies headed by students with ranks of Cadet Captain (c/CPT), 1st Lieutenant (c/1LT) and First Sergeant (c/1SG). Students also have roles such as Battalion Commander, Squad Leaders, Personnel Officer, Logistics Officer, etc. Retired military personnel who are certified JROTC Instructors and who possess Florida State Teaching Certification are the teachers, mentors and program directors.