MCJROTC is at its essence a Leadership Education Program meant to develop character and citizenship. Often young adults receive conflicting messages about right and wrong, good and bad. Joining and participating in MCJROTC can help make the best decisions based upon learning and practicing core values and the development of character and personal responsibility. The JROTC program has been viewed as a strong program that provides youth with much-needed skills in citizenship and leadership. Additionally, numerous studies have shown that students who participate in JROTC programs have better attendance, grades, and graduation rates relative to students who were in general academic programs.