NJROTC Cadet Field Manual NJROTC Cadet Reference Manual
WHAT IS NJROTC?
NJROTC stands for Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. The program was established by Public Law in 1964 and may be found in Title 10, U.S. Code, Chapter 102. The instructors are retired Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel. The NJROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by community service activities, drill competitions, field meets, educational field trips, visits to naval activities, and other military training. Uniforms, textbooks, training aids, travel allowance, and a substantial portion of instructors’ salaries are provided by the Navy. The instructors however, work for Linden’s board of Education just like other teachers.
WHAT DOES THE NJROTC PROGRAM DO?
- Promotes patriotism
- Develops informed and responsible citizens
- Develops respect for constituted authority
- Develops a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline and leadership
- Promotes an understanding of the basic elements and need for national security
- Provides information on the military servcices as a possible career
- Provides community service
- Develops leadership potential
- Provides an alternative to gangs
- Promotes high school completion as well as advanced education opportunities
- Provides incentive to live healthy and drug free
SOUNDS PRETTY SERIOUS–IS THERE ANY FUN STUFF?
Linden NJROTC cadets participate in a number of outside activities throughout the school year. These opportunities are designed to stimulate learning by hands-on experience and to reinforce classroom instruction. Most every day, something is happening somewhere. Some of these activities include:
- School and local activities such as drill teams, air rifle teams, orienteering, unit athletics, parades, field days, and nonpolitical community activities
- Daily supervised after school activities are available to all cadets.
- Military/leadership training (Leadership Academy) which is two weeks long during the summer months.
- Educational field trips. On an average, we go on at least one a month.
- Orientation visits (3 to 5 days) to various naval and military bases.
- Cruises about U.S. naval vessels (1 day to 2 weeks) normally conducted during the summer months (when available).
SO WHO INSTRUCTS THIS PROGRAM?
The SNSI is the senior commissioned officer employed by the Linden school district and considered the department head with Naval Science as a specific department in the high school system. All other personnel employed by the school in the NJROTC Program are called Naval Science Instructors (NSI). Linden’s Naval Science Instructors are MSGT Paul Kozlowski, Chief Petty Officer Mark Velez and Petty Officer Juanita O’Neal. The Chief of Naval Education and Training enforces stringent certification requirements on all personnel applying to the NJROTC program.
WHAT ARE THE STUDENT ENROLLMENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
- Be enrolled in and attending a regular course of instruction in a grade 9 through 12 at Linden High School.
- Be physically qualified to participate fully in the physical education portion of the program.
- Maintain acceptable standards of academic achievement and an academic standing that warrants at least normal progression leading to graduation.
- Maintain acceptable standards of conduct.
- Comply with specified personal grooming standards. Common sense and good judgment apply to the attainment of these standards. Standards will not be relaxed so as to reflect disgrace on the naval service.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NJROTC?
- Over 60 percent of the Linden NJROTC cadets graduating continue to higher education.
- NJROTC provides the opportunity for high school students to learn the basic elements and need for national security and their personal obligations as Americans.
- The program enhances the image of the military in the eyes of the community by providing a chance for success to the nation’s youth.
- While the training is along military lines, it is conducted so as to encourage initiative and individuality to develop natural gifts, to teach self-control, develop personal character, responsibility and qualities of integrity, loyalty, and dedication.
- Cadets derive self-esteem from belonging to NJROTC.
- Linden NJROTC cadets are better behaved, have higher attendance, are role models for the avoidance of substance abuse, have higher self-esteem, develop positive life skills, graduate at a higher rate, and are an excellent source of service accessions.
- The values, principles, and self-discipline taught in NJROTC promotes positive productive behaviors and provides a support structure that is critical in helping cadets avoid the use of drugs.
- The NJROTC program is motivational in encouraging cadets to graduate from high school.
- Cadets who have completed 2 years of NJROTC may be recommended by their Senior Naval Science Instructor to receive special consideration for NJROTC scholarship selection.
- Cadets presenting evidences of successful completion of at least 3 years of NJROTC are entitled to advanced promotion to pay grade E-2 in the Marine Corps.
- Cadets accepted for enlistment, who provide evidence of successful completion of 2 years of a NJROTC program are entitled to be enlisted in pay grade E-2 (except in the Marine Corps and Air Force).
- The Senior Naval Science Instructor is authorized to nominate a maximum of three eligible cadets each year to compete for U.S. Naval Academy appointments.
For an all-encompassing and extremely rewarding high school experience, where citizenship, patriotism, fellowship and leadership are the ethos of success; Linden NJROTC is your catalyst. . .