The material covered in JROTC varies throughout the school year, with short segments on a variety of topics related to leadership, the armed forces and the nation. The Army JROTC curriculum includes such topics as U.S Military History, personal hygiene, human relations,staff functions and procedures,first aid,map reading,techniques of oral communications, drill and ceremony, and civil defense. One major things that is taught is Service Learning. Service Learning is an active and experiential learning strategy where students have a direct impact on an identified need that interests and motivates them.
*The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) are trained and Reinforced in Army junior Reserves Offivers' Training Corps (JROTC).
The Stephen F. Austin Senior High School along with the JROTC program opened its doors to 100 cadets enrolled in the year 1937. By the end of the year the JROTC enrollment had increase to 150 cadets and the first drill team was assembled. In the school year 1966-1967 the JROTC program was recognized as an NDCC unit and became part of the 4th Region. Since then the JROTC Program has been around for 76 years in the making.
By the year 1951 an all-male service weapon drill team rise to the surface with 14 members and were known as the Crack Drill Squad, under the command of Cadet Captain Howard Whidden. As time went along the crack drill squad changed their name to the Drill Platoon in the year 1952. Two years later the Stephen F. Austin Drill Platoon became known as the Austin Legionnaires. Following a book supplied by Coronel Gemini, commander of the Volunteer French Battalion in Korea and in Indo-China. The “Blue Berate” Legionnaires master the skills of silent drills; in May 1957 they won First place State Champions in the Final Review competition. As a reward for such high accomplishment, the Marine Corps League financed a tour of the United States for the Legionnaires. Females were not allowed in the JROTC Program until the year 1972. Austin High School formed its first ever Female Non-Service Drill Platoon with a total of 22 members and under the command of Cadet Captain Linda Harkless. By the year 1979 Austin High School had its first female Battalion Commander, Cadet Coronel Sandra Noriega. She also became Houston’s First Corps Commander of the tropes in the year 1982.
In the JROTC Program, cadets are awarded a medal for their high academics and outstanding leadership. In the year 1971 The Legion of Valor; the highest award was awarded to cadet CSM/ James Lesiker. It was later on awarded to cadet lieutenant coronel Linda Alaniz in the year 1985 and once more to cadet 2nd lieutenant Jaime Gomez in the year 1989. This 6th JROTC Battalion became an Honor Unit in the years 1965-1966, 1966-1967, 1968-1969, 1969-1970, 1976-1977; And Honor Unit with Distinction in the years 1970-1971, 1971-1972, 1972-1973, 1975-1976, 1990-1991, 1992-1993, 1995-1995, 2000-2001. History was rewritten again in the year 2000-2001 by having its first time ever Corps Color Guard under the command of Cadet CSM/Heriberto Garcia. They place first overall in all HISD Competitions taking the City Champions Title. Furthermore, the historical making rise once more the highest expectations, in the school year 2012-2013 Austin High School had its first ever Coed Drill team. The Austin Male drill team (Legionnaires) and the Female drill team (Legionnettes) combined themselves and became the Stephen F. Austin Mighty Mustang Non-Service weapon Drill Team and under the command of Cadet Major Jennifer Velasquez. Two freshmen cadets made a name of their own in the school year 2012-2013 by becoming Team commanders in their first year of JROTC, Cadet PFC/Maricarmen Velasquez (Female Color Guard) and cadet SSGT/Sabrina Garcia (Non-Service weapon Drill Team). C/SSGT Sabrina Garcia was also the 1st female cadet who commanded a Fist time Coed Team at Austin High School. Rifle Team makes its way to the top also, Commander cadet CPT/ Noel Martinez became the highest top shooter in District.