Many of our students are interested in entering one of the branches of the armed services upon graduation from IRHS. We have included links to each branch of the military for you to review. Additionally, we often have recruiters on campus. If you would like to meet with one of the recruiters, please check the daily announcements or the calendar on the Counseling website for their availability on campus.
Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs are offered at different college campuses around the country, so check out the website to find out if it is offered at a college you are interested in or one close by.
JROTC is available to students at IRHS. Please see below for further information or access the IRHS Course Catalog under the 2022-2023 Registration tab on the Counseling website.
Excerpts from the IRHS Course Catalog:
JROTC Prerequisite: Student must be able to provide own transportation because it takes place at Flowing Wells High School. It is a yearlong class that begins at 6:00 AM.
JROTC is a one unit elective credit class where students are introduced to non-combative military skills and character-building philosophies/activities centered on leadership and physical training which are useful in both civilian and military communities. Cadets earn positions of responsibility in the unit and older cadets are involved in planning, organizing and implementing projects for the group. The goal of JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens. Monthly field trips, a five-day training exercise at Ft. Huachuca, on-campus rappelling, rock climbing and obstacle courses are examples of the activities offered with these courses. Varsity athletic teams include Exhibition Drill Teams, Color Guard, Rifle Marksmanship Team, Raiders Team and Drum and Bugle Corps. JROTC is an approved Military Academy nominating agency.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program provides tools developed by the Department of Defense to help high school and postsecondary students across the nation learn more about career exploration and planning. Since the mid 1990s, the ASVAB Career Exploration Program has provided high quality, cost-free career exploration and planning materials and services to over 14,000 of the nation's high schools.
If you are interested in taking this exam, please visit the link above for more information. Please visit the Counseling Office for more information about when it will be offered on campus and for a partial list of possible resources to help you prepare for the exam.
Selective Service System - all young men must register when they turn 18. You can lose eligibility for grants and loans for college, as well as other lifetime benefits if you don't register.
There are five Service Academies that offer a path to service combined with a college education. Students who attend these academies finish with a college degree and are commissioned officers upon graduation.
The five academies are:
- United States Air Force Academy - Can commission into either the Air Force or into the Space Force.
- United States Military Academy
- United States Naval Academy - Can commission into either the Navy or the Marine Corps.
- United States Coast Guard Academy
- United States Merchant Marine Academy - Can commission into any service branch or remain a Merchant Marine.
The Air Force, Merchant Marine, Military and Naval Academies all require nominations from your state senator or representative. Students should begin to look at this application process no later than the spring of their junior year in order to give themselves enough time to complete the applications.
For more information, please check out the USA.gov page on the five different academies.
Not sure if the Academies are right for you? Apply in the winter and early spring of your junior year for Summer Seminar at the following Academies to experience life as a cadet. Click on the links to be taken to their specific websites.
USAFA - The application is usually open from the beginning of December to mid-January.
USNA - The application typically opens at the beginning of December.
West Point - The application typically opens mid-January.
USCGA - The application typically opens in February.
USMMA - Please check the USMMA website for information.