An Overview of US Military Junior Colleges


A military junior college (MJC) is a military-style junior college in the United States (US) and one of the three major categories of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) schools that allows cadets to become commissioned officers in the US Army reserve components in two years, instead of the usual four, through the Early Commissioning Programme (ECP). They also offer Federal Service Academy preparatory programmes that allow qualified students to earn an appointment to the US Federal Service Academies upon their successful completion of this demanding one-year programme at a MJC.

Refer to Senior Military College and Federal Services Academies.


  • This article is about US MJCs.
  • For an outline the US Army ROTC programme that is offered by a MJC, see Early Commissioning Programme.
  • For the Canadian MJC, see Royal Military College Saint-Jean.
  • For the one in Britain, see Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College.
  • For high schools, refer to US Military High Schools.

Colleges (Current)

Four institutions are considered military junior colleges:

  1. Georgia Military College (GMC), Milledgeville, Georgia, founded in 1879, includes a liberal arts junior college, a high school, and a middle school.
  2. Marion Military Institute (MMI), Marion, Alabama, founded in 1842, is the state military college of Alabama and nation’s oldest MJC.
  3. New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI), Roswell, New Mexico, founded in 1891, is a four-year high school and a two-year junior college.
  4. Valley Forge Military Academy and College (VFMAC), Wayne, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1928, offers a co-ed two-year junior college programme, as well as a military boarding school for young men grades seven through twelve.
    • It is the only private MJC.
    • One of the only military institutions with British military-orientated ranks and traditions, and ex-British military personnel.

Colleges (Former)

  1. Kemper Military School, Boonville, Missouri, founded in 1844, filed for bankruptcy and closed in 2002.
  2. Wentworth Military Academy and College, Lexington, Missouri, founded in 1880, closed in 2017 due to financial difficulties.

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