Col Pettigrew 8 x 10

COL George S. Pettigrew (Ret.)
Director of Army Instruction

1425 E. Warren Ave, Bldg A

Phone: (313) 852-6714
Mobile: (313) 204-6266

JROTC Programs

The mission of the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is to motivate young people to be better citizens.



  • Promote citizenship
  • Develop leadership
  • Effective communication
  • Improve physical fitness
  • Provide incentive to live drug-free
  • Strengthen positive self-motivation
  • Train to work as a team member
  • Inspire Cadets to graduate from high school and make it to the next level


  • Citizenship in Action
  • Leadership Theory and Application
  • Foundation for Success
  • Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid
  • Geography, Map Skills and Environmental Awareness
  • Citizenship in American History and Government
  • Cadet Safety and Civilian Marksmanship Program (Optional)

National Competitions

  • Leadership and Academic Bowl
    Program for challenging Cadets to learn values of leadership, and citizenship, while preparing for higher education milestones (i.e. college enterance exams)
  • Air Rifle…Archery
    Competitive marksmanship program to promote teamwork, self confidence, and esprit de corps
  • Precision Drill
    Competitive drill program in both regulation and exhibition categories
  • Raider Challenge
    Competitive program for Cadets in 5 military skill events
  • Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Camp
    One-week college residential program of STEM labs; Interaction with professors, graduate and undergraduate students
  • Cadet Leadership Challenge (JCLC)
    Program opportunity for Cadets to practice leadership and teamwork skills in a hands-on military setting

Student Achievement


Quality Indicators SY 2013 – 2014

Category School JROTC
Attendance 90.3% 93.54%
Graduation 83% 93.9%
Indiscipline 5.2% 1.7%
Drop Out 8% <1%
GPA 2.72 2.91

“Approximately 10% of cadets express interest in the military as a career option.”

Upcoming Events

Detroit Public School’s Service Academy and Military College Options DayDetroit Navy Flyer

Detroit area Middle and High School students and parents will have the opportunity to meet with admissions officers and Detroit Alumni from the U.S. Military, U.S. Naval U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Air Force Academies who will present the Academies’ Advantages for Detroit students.

For additional information call (313) 961-5670 or email DaVonne Darby:


66th Annual Military Ball

The Detroit Public Schools Department of JROTC hosted its 66th Annual Military Ball on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Burton Manor banquet facility. Historically, the Military Ball is a time when all members of the military unit set aside their normal military duties to socialize and network with each other. JROTC cadets are given a brief glimpse of this ageless Military tradition, an event that is looked forward to with much anticipation.

DPS students participate in first-ever JROTC 5K run

Students and staff from 13 Detroit Public Schools locations participated in a first-ever JROTC 5K run on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Comstock Park. The event was in celebration of the program’s 99th Anniversary.