In order to gain rank in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, cadets should familiarize themselves with the priorities and objectives of their schools' JROTC branch and program. Cadets need to be responsible and demonstrate an ability to complete tasks in an efficient manner without neglecting other duties. Academic performance and extracurricular involvement are also necessary. Cadets wanting to gain rank must seek out responsibility for themselves.
There are JROTC programs for all military branches. The branches have their own curricula and priorities that cadets have to learn and implement, so getting promotions in one branch's program may be slightly different from doing so in another. Leadership is always emphasized in JROTC programs. Cadets who display an understanding and application of their program's leadership values through adaptation and perseverance are likely to be considered more seriously for promotions.
Cadets hoping to gain rank must first demonstrate that they can handle the everyday rigors of their academic requirements. Cadets who neglect academic duties, even in favor of JROTC functions, are not contenders for increased authority and responsibility. Promotions are tied to increases in responsibilities, making management of resources, including personal time and energy as well as that of the group, a vital marker during cadet promotions.