So why should students enroll in the NJROTC program?
The program is an integral part of the curriculum at CCHS. The course content reinforces the educational objectives of core courses such as English, science, mathematics, history, and social studies. It has four academically accredited subjects for which cadets may receive credit. Cadets also receive textbooks and training material, take tests, and receive grades.
What is unique about the NJROTC program?
Unlike most other secondary school students, NJROTC cadets have uniform inspections, learn how to march, and undergo physical training. While the training is along military lines, instructors conduct it as a means to encourage initiative and natural gifts, to develop individuality and personal character, to teach self-control and responsibility, and to instill qualities of leadership, integrity, loyalty, and dedication.
What about fun stuff?
NJROTC is not all class work. Cadets can engage in numerous voluntary team-oriented activities, such as academic, color guard, drill (both with and without arms), orienteering, sailing, athletics, and marksmanship. All these team activities provide enjoyable opportunities for cadets to further participate and apply skills learned in the program.
Benefits a cadet can expect to receive from the NJROTC program include:
- Discipline: The values, principles, and self-discipline taught in NJROTC promote positive, productive behaviors and provide a support structure critical in helping cadets avoid using drugs and joining gangs. The program promotes the moral and ethical development so lacking today, not just in our society, but in many homes as well.
- Leadership: While the training is along military lines, it is conducted so as to encourage initiative and individuality to help develop a cadet’s natural gifts. It especially promotes and develops a cadet’s leadership potential. Once cadets demonstrate leadership skills, they may attend basic leadership training, or leadership academies. While in NJROTC cadets will be challenged to lead and direct the efforts of others and to accept responsibility for their own successes and failures. NJROTC instills leadership skills, self-control, personal responsibility, and the qualities of integrity, loyalty, and dedication.
- High School Graduation: NJROTC cadets are better behaved and have higher school attendance records than most high school students. The program is very motivational in encouraging cadets to graduate from high school. The majority, more than 60%, continue on to higher education including Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) programs and military academies.
- ROTC Scholarship: Cadets who have completed 2 years of NJROTC and are recommended by their Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI) receive special consideration for an ROTC scholarship. Applicants selected for the ROTC Scholarship Program receive full tuition, book stipends, educational fees, and other financial benefits at over 100 of the country’s leading colleges and universities.
- Academy Nominations: The Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI) is authorized to nominate a maximum of three eligible cadets each year to compete for U.S. Naval Academy appointments. In addition to the three nominations from the SNSI to the U.S. Naval Academy, administrators of schools designated as Distinguished Units with Academic Honors may also nominate three eligible NJROTC cadets to compete for appointment to any of the military academies–the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy.
- Military Career Assistance: Cadets desiring a military career can enlist and receive assistance if they can present evidence of successful completion of at least 2 to 3 years of NJROTC.
- Civilian Marksmanship Scholarship: The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) offers $1000 scholarships to NJROTC cadet seniors who excel in air rifle marksmanship. The cadets must enroll in college ROTC and meet CMP selection criteria.
- Physical Fitness (PT): Cadets are encouraged to participate in the physical fitness program. When they pass the voluntary PT test, they are awarded the NJROTC Physical Fitness ribbon. Cadets participate in local, regional, and national competitions that include physical fitness throughout the year.
- Team Activities: Cadets have numerous team activities associated with NJROTC, such as color guard, drill both with and without arms, academic, orienteering, marksmanship, sailing, and athletic. They use the skills acquired in these activities to participate in many local, regional, and national competitions, usually on weekends or during the summer.
- Social Activities: CCHS NJROTC has picnics, parties, and social gatherings. Cadets attend both formal and informal dances. Military balls are formal dinner and dancing events. Other formal activities include dinings-in or dinings-out, and honors and awards ceremonies.
- Community Service: Cadets are active in various school and community service projects serving the less fortunate, the poor, and the needy. This activity enhances the image of the school and the military in the eyes of the community. It teaches cadets what public service is all about: the aspect of citizenship that demonstrates responsibility and humility. The school and community service activities bring positive recognition to the cadets, their unit, school, and school district.
- Orientation Trips: One of the important benefits of NJROTC is the orientation trip. Cadets get to participate in field trips to military installations and aboard Navy ships and aircraft. These trips give cadets opportunities to relate NJROTC curriculum material to real life. They also offer opportunities for cadets to assume leadership roles and develop leadership skills.
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy course; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.”
Theodore Roosevelt (Paris Sorbonne, 1910)