N.J.R.O.T.C. stands for Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. The NJROTC program was established by Public Law in 1964 by Title 10, U.S. Code, Chapter 102. The program is conducted at over 580 accredited high schools throughout the country with over 90,000 students enrolled nationwide, and taught by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel.
The NJROTC accredited 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 extra-curricular activities of community service, academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions, field meets, visits to military activities, marksmanship sports training, and physical fitness training. Electronic classroom equipment, textbooks, uniforms, educational training aids, travel allowance, and a cost-share of instructors' salaries are provided by the Navy.
MISSION: The mission of Gloucester High School NJROTC is to teach High School students our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, and empower them to continue their education, achieve personal and team goals, and become productive American Citizens.
AWARDS: In 2014 we received the Unit Achievement Award for the 6th consecutive year, and in 2011 we received the Distinguished Unit Award with Academic Honors. During our most recent Unit Inspection we received a grade of Outstanding in 3 of 6 categories with an overall grade of Above Average. But we are most proud of the scholarship dollars (over $10,000 each year on average) we pass on each year to our graduating seniors as they continue their education beyond High School.
SUMMER PROGRAMS: Each summer we send cadets to programs such as NJROTC Leadership Academy, NJROTC Sail Training, Virginia State Police Academy Law Cadet Program, American Legion Boys State of Virginia, American Legion Auxiliary Girls State of Virginia, Virginia Maritime Heritage Foundation Week-long Sail Training, and Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Seminars at major colleges and universities.
SERVICE: In addition to traveling to numerous NJROTC Team Competitions and field trips we also very active performing community service. Each Cadet in our program is required to complete 48 hours of volunteer community service per school year. Last year our unit completed over 8000 hours of community service and is on track to outpace 8000 hours again this year.
HOW YOU CAN HELP: It takes several thousands of dollars per year in fundraising to effectively operate the NJROTC Unit and allow our cadets the opportunities we provide to prepare them for success. The Navy provides uniforms, curriculum, classroom equipment, and a portion of instructors salary, and the Gloucester County school division provides classroom space, utilities, and a portion of instructors salary.
We must pay for competitions, lodging, transportation, and food for travel out of our own fundraising efforts. We do not sell cookie dough, candy bars, or anything else. Our only fundraising efforts are donations provided by supporters, last year we were were able to award over $10,000 in educational scholarships to graduating seniors in addition to funding travel for our annual field trips and competitions.
Please consider a tax deductible contribution today!
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