The Cary High School NJROTC unit has been designated as a Distinguished Unit for 12 consecutive years and ten of the past eleven years by the Chief of Naval Education and Training. The unit has been the North Carolina State Champion in 2006, 07, 08, 09, 10 and 11 and the Area (all of NC and SC) champion for 2007, 08 and 09. In 2009 the unit was third runner up for the top unit in the Nation.
What is NJROTC?
The Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps was established by public law in 1964. The program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, by retired officers and enlisted personnel instructors from the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. The NJROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship, leadership development, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as U.S. maritime heritage, the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by community service activities, drill competition, field meets, orientation visits to naval facilities, marksmanship and other military training.
Who gains from NJROTC?
We all do! Our society and local communities gain from the cadets' participation in this program, by helping others and preparing for a better future.
The NJROTC program goals are to provide opportunity for secondary school students to learn about the basic elements and requirements for national security and their personal obligations as American citizens to contribute toward national security.
The NJROTC program has the following objectives:
Develop informed and responsible citizens
Develop a high degree of individual honor, self-reliance, discipline and leadership
Promote an understanding of the basic elements and requirements for national security
Develop respect for and an understanding of the need for authority in a democratic society
Develop an interest in the military service as a possible career
What are the benefits of NJROTC participation?
The NJROTC program motivates and encourages cadets to excel scholastically and pursue a college degree
NJROTC cadets are better behaved, have higher attendance, 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 promote productive, positive behaviors and provide a support structure that is critical in helping cadets avoid negative behaviors such as abuse of drugs and alcohol
NJROTC provides the opportunity for secondary 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 teach self-control, develop personal character, leadership, responsibility, and qualities of integrity, loyalty, and dedication
Cadets who have completed two years of NJROTC may be recommended by the Senior Naval Science Instructor to receive special consideration for NROTC college scholarships
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
Administrators of host schools that are designated as Distinguished Units with Academic Honors may nominate three additional eligible NJROTC cadets as candidates for appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy
What about the curriculum?
The Chief of Naval Education and Training prescribes the courses for naval science for NJROTC units that comprise the three or four year curriculum.
What subjects are included in the curriculum?
Naval Science I, II, III & IV
Leadership, Drill & Ceremony
These courses instill in students the meaning of citizenship, the elements of leadership, and the value of scholarship in attaining life goals. The cadet attains a deeper awareness of the vital importance of the world oceans to the well-being of the United States. Broadening the student's understanding of the operative principles of military leadership, the concept and significance of teamwork. The intrinsic value of good order and discipline in the accomplishment of objectives, the fundamentals of American democracy, and to expand their understanding of naval academic subjects are focus areas of this curriculum. At the most experienced level, the focus is on improving leadership skills through practical situations, and then helping the student analyze the reasons for their varying degrees of success.
Cadets make an impact
While it takes a dedicated group of go-getters to make the unit the award-winning program that it is, most cadets find time to contribute their talents to other organizations as well. NJROTC Cadets are actively involved in many different activities such as church and civic groups, student government, band, and athletic teams such as football, basketball, baseball, and wrestling.
Proper time management, the ability to prioritize, demonstrating leadership, and enthusiasm make our cadets very special members of the student body and our community. Sounds pretty serious — is there any fun stuff?
NJROTC cadets participate in a number of outside activities throughout the school year and during the summer months. These opportunities are designed to stimulate learning by hands-on experience and to reinforce classroom instruction.
These activities include:
NJROTC cadet team participation in local, regional, and national competitions during the school year. Teams include: Academic, Field, Color Guard, Drill, Orienteering, and Marksmanship
School and local activities such as parades, and non-political community activities
Military/leadership training during the spring and summer months
Orientation visits to various naval and military bases
Social activities such as award dinners, family events, and the annual Military Ball
How can you help?
You can help by providing a tax-deductible contribution to the Cary High School (CHS) NJROTC Booster Club.
The CHS NJROTC Booster Club is committed to raising funds for sporting events such as Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams, Color Guard, and Orienteering as well as field trips and special leadership programs for cadets and instructors. In addition, funds are allocated to purchasing needed program equipment and supplies. We are also committed to awarding scholarship funds to qualified, graduating cadets.