Wren High School

Wren Middle School

Powdersville High School

Louis Brems - The Citadel2017-18 SY, Headshots, Comm. Kevin Borden

CDR Kevin Borden, USN (Ret)

Senior Naval Science Instructor

email bordenk@apps.anderson1.orgphone 864.850.5900 x25133office hours M-F 0745-0815, 0945-1115coach hours M-Th 1530-1700
M.S., Naval Postgraduate SchoolB.S., United States Naval Academy

MCPO Cliff Bailey, USN (Ret)

Naval Science Instructor

email baileyc3@apps.anderson1.orgphone 864.850.5900 x25133office hours M-F 0745-0815, 0945-1115coach hours M-Th 1530-1700
M.S., Clemson UniversityB.A., Saint Leo University


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

NJROTC Cadet Creed

I am a Navy Junior ROTC 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.



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


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 personal adversity.


The daily duty of every man and woman in the NJROTC program is to join together as a team to improve the quality of our unit, our fellow cadets and classmates, and ourselves.


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 develop the self-discipline, self-confidence, and leadership skills students need to successfully meet life's challenges. People who are successful in life, who succeed in industry and education have developed a well-rounded character, strong self-discipline, and an ability to inspire others.

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, drill, marksmanship and orienteering competitions, visits to naval and other military activities, STEM oriented events, and physical fitness training.

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, and taught by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel. Electronic classroom equipment, textbooks, uniforms, educational training aids, travel allowance, and a cost-share of instructors' salaries are provided by the Navy.

What To Know About High School JROTC Programs (U.S. News & World Report, 7 May 2021)

We Want You to Join NJROTC!



  • 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 personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline and leadership
  • Promote an understanding of the elements and need for national security
  • Provide information on the military services as a possible career pathway
  • Provide incentive to live a healthy and drug-free lifestyle

NJROTC Benefits

  • Civilian Marksmanship Scholarship
  • Community & School Service
  • Experienced Mentorship
  • Orientation Trips
  • Physical Training (PT)
  • Principled Leadership
  • Prep & ROTC Scholarships
  • Self-Discipline & Confidence
  • "Service, College, Career" Pathways
  • Service Academy Nomination
  • Team & Social Activities

Quotes from Community Leaders

  • 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.

Reasons Why from NJROTC Cadets

  • To belong to something bigger than myself and for the structured environment I needed

  • To build my confidence and outlook after seeing the sense of pride the cadets have in uniform

  • To change my course, improve my character and challenge myself in a team environment

  • To continue on because I enjoyed the unique opportunities I've experienced plus JROTC became family

  • To have the feeling of pride in choosing to do something most people would not

  • To help me handle situations more responsibly and confidently at home and school

  • To learn leadership and develop better life skills that will help me in my future career path


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

Yes. Maintaining simple uniform and grooming standards are required. Observing the standards is a sign of Respect for those who wear a uniform in their career and not just those who serve in our military. Uniformity is not about stature or class, it is about being part of something greater than yourself. Your individuality will shine brightly in all that you do, but the uniform and grooming standard is necessary for success.

How is JROTC different from other classes in high school?

As Naval Science Instructors, we mentor all cadets and instill in them qualities that will help them become better citizens overall. Besides offering an academic and fitness curriculum, JROTC offers fun experiences and leadership opportunities outside the typical classroom environment to learn drill, participate in community service activities, tour military facilities and visit college ROTC units among many other learning activities that can only be experienced as an enrolled cadet.

What extra-curricular activities does JROTC offer?

We offer many afterschool activities that support our school and athletic programs, serve our local community, and raise our competitive experience. As a unit, we participate in various clean-up events to beautify our community and campus, visit nearby ROTC programs and military facilities, serve at local non-profit organizations and support various school events. Additionally, our competitive JROTC teams train each week in Drill, Academics, Rifle, Orienteering and STEM activities to improve their skills. Those who are committed to the team and compete regularly will earn ribbon awards or even a JROTC varsity letter.

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

JOIN JROTC if you're interested in being challenged in a positive manner, willing to maintain simple uniform and grooming standards, and want to participate in a beneficial opportunity. If you desire a fun and unique program that will build good character traits, then join to maximize your potential, identify your pathway, develop selfless leadership qualities, and build a solid foundation for success in life. While all classes are eligible to enroll, 11th and 12th grade students will need to meet with a JROTC Instructor in advance.

DO NOT JOIN JROTC if you have issues with peer leadership, are unwilling to meet simple uniform and grooming standards, are not interested in being part of a team environment, or chose not to abide by our core values. Success requires discipline, enthusiasm, and commitment. We will coach and mentor cadets to the best of our ability, but cannot "fix" students who lack self-discipline, respect for their peers, and respect for our program.

My friends say it's "not cool" to be in JROTC, but I'm interested in it.

Participating is a choice only you can make. The experiences you'll have and the friends you'll make in JROTC are just some of the advantages of the program in addition to the foundation for success you'll build. JROTC provides a great deal of fun and positive experiential learning opportunities in a team-oriented environment that you won't get in any other classroom. Join JROTC because you want to, and participate to the best of your ability.

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

Many of our best cadets are focused athletes and academics who understand and value time management. They have learned an important skill early on and are able to maximize their success in many areas. We will work with our Guidance Counselors and Administration to retain quality cadets in the program. We are also updating the Course Planning Guide to better reflect JROTC as an Academic Elective, and will soon offer Honors-level leadership courses to further develop experienced cadets.