Hillcrest is the only high school in Springfield, Missouri to have a JROTC program, associated with the Army. The JROTC program teaches students citizenship and patriotism. They are recognized throughout the community for their volunteer work and community service. The cadets visit the Veterans' Home several times yearly to support the veterans. The JROTC Program at Hillcrest has several activities the different teams participate in. The have a saber team, color guard, shooting team, and exhibition team. The color guard has performed at several events in the community from the sms bears basketball games to the 9/11 ceremony the JROTC holds at Hillcrest High School every year on September 11. The JROTC cadets are very proud of their unit. Col. Don Baldridge and SGT Major Paul Rock are the Cadets' teachers and leaders. Col. Baldridge and Sgt. Major Rock created an event to bring the JROTC from Hillcrest and the surrounding areas together called the JROTC Olympics. Hillcrest High School has the traveling trophy for the 2008–2009 year beating out the other JROTC squads from the surrounding areas to bring the trophy home. The Hillcrest JROTC program is supported by their booster club. Their booster club is made up of parents, alumni, cadets, students and the community. The president for the booster club is Carolyn Jones and the Vice President is Lynn Ziverk.