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Dunedin High School

 

 

 

DUNEDIN HIGH SCHOOL



 

Program Overview

(as posted on the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) Web Page)

WHAT IS NJROTC?

The NJROTC program was established by Public Law in 1964 and may be found in 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. 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, drill competition, field meets, flights, visits to naval activities, marksmanship training, and other military training. Uniforms, textbooks, training aids, travel allowance, and a substantial portion of instructors' salaries are provided by the Navy.

Student Enrollment Eligibility: PT is optional. Students do not have to be physically fit to enroll in the NJROTC. There is no military obligation. NJROTC is a way to learn military history, while gaining leadership skills, self-discipline, a sense of responsibility, integrity, and respect.

 

WHAT DOES THE NJROTC PROGRAM DO?

PROMOTES PATRIOTISM

DEVELOPS INFORMED AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS

DEVELOPS RESPECT FOR CONSTITUTED AUTHORITY

DEVELOPS A HIGH DEGREE OF PERSONAL HONOR, SELF-RELIANCE, INDIVIDUAL DISCIPLINE AND LEADERSHIP

PROMOTES AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE BASIC ELEMENTS AND NEED FOR NATIONAL SECURITY

PROVIDES INFORMATION ON THE MILITARY SERVICES AS A POSSIBLE CAREER

PROMOTES COMMUNITY SERVICE

DEVELOPS LEADERSHIP POTENTIAL

PROVIDES AN ALTERNATIVE TO GANGS

PROMOTES HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETION

PROVIDES INCENTIVE TO LIVE HEALTHY AND DRUG FREE

 

WHAT ABOUT THE CURRICULUM?

The Chief of Naval Education and Training prescribes the courses for naval science for NJROTC units that comprise the 3 or 4-year curriculum.

The naval science program is constructed to include three academic classroom sessions and two activity periods per week. The curriculum is based on 40-minute sessions of instruction for 36 weeks, with 180 teaching days. This equates to 7200 minutes of contact instruction (72 hours of classroom instruction and 48 hours of activities including military drill and athletics). Adjustments for class length other than 40-minute periods, as well as staggered, rotating or modular schedules, are made at the local school level.  

This program of 7200 minutes of instruction equates to one Carnegie unit or one credit per year toward graduation as an elective or other subject credit approved by school authorities.

It is desired that all topics provided in the curriculum be covered, but the depth of coverage must be determined by each instructor according to the needs of his/her students. Major curriculum content changes are not to be made without the prior approval of the Chief of Naval Education and Training.

Naval Science Instructors follow the established procedures of individual schools regarding examination requirements.

WHAT ARE THE STUDEN ENROLLMENT ELEGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?

The Chief of Naval Education and Training routinely updates the curriculum to include new texts, instructional materials and lesson plans. The curriculum is developed and revised by civilian educators and NJROTC instructors. The wide variety of subjects includes the following:

NAVAL ORIENTATION -- A basic introduction to the Navy -- its customs, traditions, and way of life.

NAVAL OPERATIONS/ORGANIZATION -- Familiarizes the student with national strategy and naval forces, daily military operations, training, exercises, drills, and shipboard organization.

NAVAL HISTORY -- History of the United States Navy from the colonial period to the present.

NAVIGATION -- An introduction to piloting and celestial navigation.

SEAMANSHIP -- An introduction to the general subjects of seamanship that include anchoring and mooring, ship handling, small boats, weather, ship construction, and steering and propulsion systems.

LEADERSHIP -- An ongoing study of the principles and practical application of leadership with emphasis on providing opportunities for students to exercise and develop their own leadership abilities.

NAUTICAL ASTRONOMY -- A study of astronomy and its application to celestial navigation.

ELECTRONICS -- An introduction to electronics as the basis for shipboard radar, sonar, communications, and guidance systems.

OCEANOGRAPHY -- Provides information on the collection and dissemination of hydrographic and navigational data of the world's ocean systems.

DRILLS, COMMANDS, AND CEREMONIES -- Includes individual, squad, platoon, and company close order drill; rotation of command; physical fitness; personnel inspections; and parade in company review.

NJROTC CURRICULUM DESCRIPTION

NAVAL SCIENCE 1

PURPOSE: To introduce students to the meaning of citizenship, the elements of leadership, and the value of scholarship in attaining life goals; engender a sound appreciation for the heritage and traditions of America, with recognition that the historically significant role of sea power will be important in America's future; develop in each cadet a growing sense of pride in his/her organization, associates, and self. These elements are pursued at the fundamental level.

COURSE CONTENT: Includes introduction to the NJROTC program; Introduction to Leadership, Naval Ships; Mission and Organization, The Nation, Navy and the People in American Democracy, Maritime Geography, Seapower and Challenge, Naval History through 1815, Introduction to Navigation and Time, Basic Seamanship, Oceanography, Health Education, First Aid, and Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse Prevention.

NAVAL SCIENCE 2

PURPOSE: Build on the general introduction provided in Naval Science 1, to further develop the traits of citizenship and leadership in cadets, introduce cadets to technical areas of naval science, and engender a deeper awareness of the vital importance of the world oceans to the continued well-being of the United States.

COURSE CONTENT: Includes ongoing instruction in leadership theory, Naval Orientation and Career Planning, Citizenship in the U.S. and Other Countries, Naval History: 1815 through 1930, Naval Ships and Shipboard Evolutions, Naval Weapons: Gunnery, Guided Missiles and Mines, Navigation Fundamentals and Rules of the Road, Small Boat Seamanship, Meteorology and Weather, and Survival Training and Orienteering.

NAVAL SCIENCE 3

PURPOSE: Broaden the understanding of students in 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.

COURSE CONTENT: Includes ongoing instruction in leadership and discipline, Military Justice, Astronomy, International Law and the Sea, National Strategy, Sea Power and Naval Operations, Naval History: 1930 through the Nuclear Age, Naval Intelligence and National Security, Maneuvering Board, Challenges of Future Navy Research, and Electricity and Naval Electronics.

NAVAL SCIENCE 4

PURPOSE: This course is focused solely on practical leadership. The intent is to assist the senior in understanding leadership and improving their leadership skills by putting them in positions of leadership, under supervision, then helping them analyze the reasons for their varying degrees of success through the year. Classroom activities include seminars, reading assignments, classroom presentations, and practical work with younger cadets.

COURSE CONTENT: Includes instruction in theoretical and applied aspects of leadership, training, and evaluation of performance. Students will become aware of the techniques used to create motivation, develop goals and activities for a work group, and the proper ways to set a leadership example. Cadets will also apply these principles when dealing with younger cadets in the areas of military drill and inspections, athletic events, and in other school activities.

SO WHO INSTRUCTS THIS PROGRAM?

The Head of the Department of Naval Science at a school hosting an NJROTC program is called the Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI). The SNSI is the senior commissioned officer employed by the school. All other personnel employed by the school in the NJROTC Program are called Naval Science Instructors (NSI). At the school's option, one of the instructors may be a retired member of the Marine Corps or Coast Guard who is certified by the Navy to serve in the NJROTC program. Senior Naval Science Instructors (SNSIs) are commissioned officers (W2 through O6). Naval Science Instructors (NSIs) are retired enlisted personnel (E-6 through E-9). The minimum education requirement for SNSIs is a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A high school diploma or its equivalent is required of NSIs. Specific instructor qualification requirements will remain the decision of school officials who are the employers of these individuals.

The Chief of Naval Education and Training enforces stringent certification requirements on all personnel applying to the NJROTC program. School officials may not offer employment to an applicant who does not possess a valid CNET certification.

WHAT ARE THE STUDENT ENROLLMENT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?

Be enrolled in and attending a regular course of instruction in a grade 9 through 12 at the school hosting the unit.

Be physically qualified to participate fully in the physical education program of the host school.

Be selected by the NJROTC instructor with the approval of the school principal or his/her representative.

Maintain acceptable standards of academic achievement and an academic standing that warrants at least normal progression leading to graduation.

Maintain acceptable standards of conduct.

Comply with specified personal grooming standards. Common sense and good judgment apply to the attainment of these standards. Standards will not be relaxed so as to reflect disgrace on the naval service.

Under the secondary school open enrollment policy and when desired by the principal of the host school, students in grades 9-12 who are otherwise ineligible for regular NJROTC enrollment may enroll as special NJROTC cadets. Special NJROTC cadets may participate in school approved NJROTC activities, be called naval cadets, wear the uniform, participate as cadet officers, and go on field trips and orientation visits to military installations. Special NJROTC students may not, however, be counted with that number required to maintain an NJROTC unit. Any special equipment or additional staff that may be needed to instruct special NJROTC students is provided by the school.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF NJROTC?

Over 60 percent of the NJROTC cadets graduating continue to higher education.

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 develop natural gifts, to teach self-control, develop personal character, responsibility and qualities of integrity, loyalty, and dedication.

Cadets derive self-esteem from belonging to NJROTC.

NJROTC cadets are better behaved, have higher attendance, are role models for the avoidance of substance abuse, 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 promotes positive, productive behaviors and provides a support structure that is critical in helping cadets avoid the use of drugs.

The NJROTC program is motivational in encouraging cadets to graduate from high school.

Cadets who have completed 2 years of NJROTC may be recommended by their Senior Naval Science Instructor to receive special consideration for NROTC scholarship selection.

Cadets presenting evidence of successful completion of at least 3 years of NJROTC are entitled to advanced promotion to pay grade E-3 upon initial enlistment in an active or reserve component of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, and pay grade E-2 in the Marine Corps.

Cadets accepted for enlistment, who provide evidence of successful completion of 2 years of a NJROTC program are entitled to be enlisted in pay grade E-2 (except in the Marine Corps and Air Force).

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 eligible NJROTC cadets as candidates for appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy in addition to the three nominations above to the U.S. Naval Academy.