Hurricane Navy JROTC

Wren High School

Powdersville High School

Wren Middle School

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CDR Kevin Borden, USN (Ret)

Senior Naval Science Instructor

M.S., Naval Postgraduate SchoolB.S., United States Naval Academy
email bordenk@apps.anderson1.orgphone 864.850.5900 x25133
office hours M-F 0745-0815planning period M-F 0945-1115coach hours M-Th 1530-1700

MCPO Cliff Bailey, USN (Ret)

Naval Science Instructor

M.S., Clemson UniversityB.A., Saint Leo University
email baileyc3@apps.anderson1.orgphone 864.850.5900 x25133
office hours M-F 0745-0815planning period M-F 0945-1115coach hours M-Th 1530-1700

Mission

To instill in students the values of Citizenship, Service to the United States, Personal Responsibility, and a Sense of Accomplishment

JROTC Goals

  • Promote Patriotism
  • Develop informed and responsible citizens
  • Develop respect for constructed authority
  • Develop leadership potential
  • Promote high school completion
  • Promote higher education
  • Promote community service
  • Develop discipline, personal honor and self-reliance
  • Promote an understanding of national security
  • Provide information on the military services
  • Provide incentive to live a healthy lifestyle

Cadet Benefits

  • Citizenship and leadership opportunity
  • College and service orientation visits
  • Community service and school support
  • Experienced instructors and mentors
  • Fitness training and healthy alternatives
  • Greater self-discipline and confidence
  • Increased personal responsibility
  • Post-high school pathway enhancement
  • ROTC & preparatory program scholarships
  • Service academy nomination
  • Team environment and competitive activity

What is JROTC?

A Cadet's Experience

The Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) is a fun and unique program designed to give high school students a head start. NJROTC helps students develop self-discipline, confidence, character and leadership to successfully meet life's challenges. While it is an academic elective course that helps improve every student's potential for success, NJROTC does not recruit for the military and no student is ever obligated to serve.

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, school support events, drill and other competitive meets, visits to military and college ROTC activities, and other training events.

The NJROTC program was established by Public Law in 1964 (Title 10, U.S. Code, Chapter 102). The program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel. Uniforms, textbooks, training aids, travel allowance, and a substantial portion of instructors' salaries are provided by the Navy.

Why You Should Be Interested in JROTC Even If You Don't Want to Join the Military

JROTC is something for students interested in joining the Armed Forces and dressing in uniform at school, right? Many students, parents, and even teachers incorrectly assume that the JROTC program, ROTC's younger sibling for students in high school, is an activity only for students planning a military career. But there's actually many other reasons why a student might participate in the JROTC program.


Students who join JROTC may or may not have an interest in joining the military. And they are making no commitment to do so. The JROTC program was instituted on the eve of America's participation in the First World War. It instructs America's youth in lessons of personal development, civic duty, leadership, and service. Each branch of the Armed Forces, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard have JROTC programs. Cadets, the name given to those who participate, must wear their uniform to school once per week. Students who participate in JROTC take classes that focus on study skills, history, citizenship, military drills, and physical fitness, among many other things, and are taught by retired military instructors.


If a student is interested in joining the military, especially as a career path and to become an officer, the JROTC program is an excellent first step. However, if a student doesn't have that end in mind, the JROTC program teaches skills that are useful for any student. In addition, JROTC enrollment and experience can be a real boost to a college admissions application. Admissions offices are highly interested in students that demonstrate interest and experience in leadership, and JROTC is an excellent opportunity to develop this valuable skill.


One final important reason that students may want to participate in JROTC is the chance to apply for scholarships. Starting in the ninth grade, students in JROTC are eligible to apply for specific college scholarships. And 260 colleges offer scholarships to students in JROTC that don't require military service or even participation in ROTC while in college.

What Community Leaders Say

  • Parents and students have indicated that a marked improvement in student self-discipline, motivation, and self-reliance is apparent after a short time in the program.

  • NJROTC instructors provide valuable counseling to their cadets who may be experiencing difficulty in other subjects or in other ways at school. They are real pupil advocates and advocates for their program...The NJROTC program is a definite asset to the total school and community.

  • NJROTC cadets can always be relied upon to help out around campus and in the community when extra hands are needed. Their community service activities have brought positive recognition to our school and school district.

  • The NJROTC program allows the young person to learn morals and concepts so lacking in not just our society today, but in many homes. They learn self-discipline, helping others, a respect not just for country but for themselves, leadership, and how to make decisions.

  • I view the NJROTC program as an integral part of the curriculum of our comprehensive high school. From an academic standpoint, the course content reinforces the educational objectives of essential courses such as English, Science, Mathematics, History, and Social Studies. In addition, the focus on leadership and citizenship is very visible as I witness cadet participation in every aspect of school and community life.

Why Students Enroll

  • To have the feeling of pride in doing something most people choose not to do

  • For a sense of discipline

  • To learn life skills that will help me in my future career

  • I wanted to be in a team environment and to improve my character

  • I stayed in because I learned to enjoy it more and that JROTC became family

  • It helps me handle situations at school and at home

  • I’m here because it's helping me grow as a person and I can help the unit and people in it grow as well

  • I needed a group to belong to

  • It helps me grow and develop as a person

  • I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself

  • To see if I could get my life on the straight and narrow, I needed the structure

  • I enjoy it and it helps me as a person

  • I saw a sense of family and thought it would help me build my confidence

  • I wanted to be in JROTC to gain some experience before joining the military

  • I wanted to part of a program that builds leadership skills

  • To learn basic leadership skills and to be helpful

  • To see what it’s like and for the opportunity since I want to join the Navy

  • I want to pursue a career in the military and it’s good for experiencing leadership, plus the people are my best friends

Core Values

Honor

I am accountable for my personal behavior. I will be mindful of the privilege I have to serve my classmates.

Courage

Courage is the value that gives me the moral and mental strength to do what is right, with confidence and resolution, even in the face of temptation or adversity.

Commitment

The daily duty of every cadet is to join together as a team to improve the quality of our unit, our classmates, and ourselves.

The Cadet Creed

I am a Navy JROTC Cadet.

I strive to promote patriotism and become an informed and responsible citizen.

I respect those in positions of authority.

I support those who have defended freedom and democracy around the world.

I proudly embrace the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.

I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.

FAQ's

Do I need to wear a uniform and cut my hair?

Yes. Meeting simple uniform and grooming standards is necessary for success in JROTC. Uniformity is not about stature or class. It is about being part of something greater than yourself.

How is JROTC different from other classes?

Naval Science Instructors mentor cadets in the qualities that will help them become better citizens overall. JROTC provides fun experiences and leadership opportunity not found in a typical classroom setting.

What extracurricular activities are offered?

JROTC offers many afterschool activities to increase skill in drill, academics, rifle, STEM, and orienteering events. Cadets also serve and support our school and community. You have many significant opportunities in JROTC.

Why should I join JROTC? What's in it for me?

Join JROTC only if you're interested in a fun, positive, cadet-led environment that will challenge you, are willing to meet and maintain simple uniform and grooming standards, and want to participate selflessly in a unique team-building opportunity with great benefit.

I'm interested in JROTC, but my friends say I shouldn't signup for it.

JOIN JROTC BECAUSE YOU WANT TO. Enrollment and participation is a decision that only you can make. If JROTC is important to you, then your "friends" should respect your decision. Fill out an interest survey or talk with an instructor to learn more about JROTC.

JROTC doesn't fit my schedule. What can I do?

JROTC competes with other campus groups to enroll good students with great potential. We work with Counselors to retain cadets with strong aptitude. While JROTC is an Academic Elective, Honors-level accreditation is pending to further develop cadet leaders.

If interested but still uncertain about NJROTC, then please reflect on the following questions.

  • Would I be dedicated to the quality opportunity I have and my own development?

  • Am I driven to succeed regardless of the obstacles I encounter in high school?

  • Am I disciplined enough to reach the goals that I set for myself?

  • Do I want to learn valuable skills that can help me succeed in school and in life?