St. John’s Northwestern

Military Academy

Military Academy


Our Military Traditions

The structured, military-style environment at St. John’s Northwestern provides the framework for all of our activities. Our military traditions include uniform dress, parades, formations, rank and promotion, internal Corps competitions, and recognition through awards. We foster a challenging yet student-centered format for cadets to compete, live and succeed. Cadets participate in the military component through:

  • JROTC leadership courses
  • Rank structuring among a cadet-led Corps
  • Drill and ceremonies
  • Precision skill-building teams such as Silver Rifles, Color Guard and Raiders 
  • Parade participation on campus or in the community including the highly-anticipated Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Color Guard
The Color Guard proudly displays our nation’s colors and accompanies the St. John’s Northwestern colors wherever and whenever the Corps of Cadets is present. The Color Guard is responsible for the safeguarding and periodic display of the flags of our armed forces as well as the national flags of attending cadets from other counties. During the school year, the SJNMA Color Guard participates in an average of 45 on-campus activities and 20 off-campus special events and ceremonies. 
Silver Rifles
The Silver Rifles team participates in ceremonies and special events throughout the school year that require a display of military precision. The team also competes in tournaments nation wide and has become known as one of the finest drill teams in America. In recent years, the Silver Rifles drill team has won several competitions, including the Army JROTC National Championship, the American Legion Coca-Cola National JROTC All Service Drill Championships and the Citadel Bulldog Classic Drill Meet.
Raiders is a unit that focuses on achieving superior levels of physical fitness, teamwork and camaraderie along with high levels of knowledge and proficiency in military-related skills. Training incorporates physical fitness events focused on the Army’s manual along with testing, marksmanship, rappelling, orienteering and other military-type skill events. Cadets who earn a spot on the Raiders Challenge Team compete throughout the country at Raider Challenge competitions. 
Rifle Team
The SJNMA JROTC Rifle team is a small dedicated group of cadets who enjoy the art of marksmanship. Each prospective member must complete a classroom-based training program on safety and weapon familiarization, and then moves on to the firing line to determine their marksmanship skills. The Rifle team competes against other JROTC units throughout the nation.