The National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) is similar to the Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) except that it is fully funded by schools that choose to pursue a JROTC unit without financial assistance from the Department of Defense.

National Defense Cadet Corps (NDCC) program is the initial designation for a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) program. The program is built upon the Army’s “7 Values” of “Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Personal Courage and most importantly Integrity”. The program is designed to prepare Cadets for leadership roles, giving practical lessons that help them develop into active and engaged learners and leaders, promotes academic achievement, leadership development, and provides Cadets with skills that will expand opportunities to gain the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.

The NDCC unit is an excellent alternative for schools that wish to expedite the opening of a program. The school incurs all costs, to include instructor’s salaries, uniforms, and daily operational expenses. The U.S. Army will supply curriculum material for the instructors, the students and Cadets. The U.S. Army will also supply forms and regulations which are required to successfully conduct the program. Schools hosting an NDCC unit must comply with statutory and regulatory guidance as regular JROTC units. Schools hosting NDCC units may apply and be placed on the OML for a JROTC Program.