What Is NJROTC?
NJROTC is a youth education program sponsored by the Navy whose purpose is to bring out the best in every student grades 9 through 12. There are a limited number of schools fortunate enough to have such a program, and we are proud to be one of them. All students in grades 9 and 10 are required to participate in the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps and will be referred to as cadets. We are a unit dedicated to teaching cadets the value of “service to others over self.” Our mission is to prepare the youth of today to become the leaders of tomorrow!
What is taught in each Naval Science (NS) class?
The things taught in class are broad and varied, designed to provide students with the tools needed for success. The foundation is laid during the first year when students learn to be solid citizens and participate in activities such as learning teamwork while marching, learning attention to detail during uniform inspections, and learning social etiquette in preparation for the annual military ball.
- Year 1 (NS1) Cadets will learn the basics skill and knowledge on becoming a member of the battalion to include: military history, survival training, physical fitness and health education, military drill as well as basic leadership and follower-ship skills.
- Year 2 (NS2) Cadets will learn about the maritime history of the United States as well as the importance of the Navy on the world stage. Additionally, cadets will have the opportunity to learn land navigation, seamanship and navigation, study maritime geography and meteorology, as well as learn some advanced leadership and communication skills.
- Year 3 (NS3) In addition to learning advanced leadership and project management skills, cadets will receive a basic introduction to current military operations as well as the tools being used by the military. This is the year that cadets will be expected to step into staff leadership positions throughout the battalion.
- Year 4 (NS4) This is the year that cadets take charge of the unit and plan out numerous events and activities. They also serve in leadership positions and are responsible for the junior cadets assigned to them. Additionally, cadets will learn life skills that have immediate application to include: personal financial management, car buying/maintenance, how to transition successfully from high school, public speaking, and ethics.
Throughout, the course cadets are graded in their uniform appearance, manners and bearing. All cadets participate in marching, stationary drill, physical training, etiquette classes, and team-building activities with increased expectations each year.