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What is NJROTC?

NJROTC, or Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, is a leadership program designed to give you or your son/daughter a head start in life. NJROTC develops self-discipline, self-confidence, and leadership skills to help you or your son/daughter successfully meet life's challenges along the road. People who are successful in life, who succeed in business, industry, and education, have developed strong self-discipline and the ability to lead and motivate others. The NJROTC curriculum and instructional activites are designed to develop you or your son/daughter leadership regardless of their career path or goal.

What is the Cost?

Nothing! The U.S. Navy provides all books, drill equipment, uniforms, and other teaching materials. All you have to provide is dedication to the Navy's core values of honer, courage and commitment, and the determination to be a well-rounded young person of high moral character.

Who can enroll in NJROTC?

To enroll in NJROTC you or your son/daughter must be in grades 9-12 at Greenville Senior High School, you must be a United States citizen and or national or alien lawfully admited to the United States for permanent residence. It is not fully required but to be physically qualified to participate in activities such as PT (physical training) and or Orienteering if you choose. You must also comply with the NJROTC personal grooming standards.

What type of subjects are in the Curriculum?

  • CITIZENSHIP - Instillation of values of good, responsible citizenship.

  • NAVAL ORIENTATION - Basic introduction to the Navy’s customs and traditions.

  • NAVAL OPERATIONS/ORGANIZATION - Familiarization with national naval strategy and daily military operations.

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

  • NAVIGATION - Introduction to piloting and navigation.

  • LEADERSHIP - Ongoing study of leadership, with opportunities to develop leadership abilities.

  • NAUTICAL ASTRONOMY - Study of astronomy and its use in navigation.

  • ELECTRONICS - Introduction to electronics as the basis for communications and weapons systems.

  • OCEANOGRAPHY - Information on the collection of data on the world's ocean systems.

  • DRILLS, COMMANDS, AND CEREMONIES - Close order drill and parade ceremonies.

  • PROPER ETIQUETTE - Dinner and greeting mannerisms.

  • PHYSICAL FITNESS - Activities to promote healthy, active lifestyles.

Curriculum Description


PURPOSE:  To introduce students to the meaning of citizenship, the elements of leadership, and the value of scholarship in attaining life goals; promote an awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including physical fitness, a proper diet, and controlling stress; drug awareness; provide the principles of health and first aid, geography and survival skills and an overview of Naval ships and aircraft.  These elements are pursued at the fundamental level.

COURSE CONTENT:  Includes introduction to the NJROTC program; introduction to Leadership, Citizenship and the American Government; introduction to Wellness, Fitness, and First Aid to include diet, exercise and drug awareness, introduction to Geography, Orienteering, Survival and Map Reading Skills; Financial Skills and  introduction to the U. S. Navy.


PURPOSE:  To build on the general introduction provided in Naval Science 1, to further develop the traits of citizenship and leadership, and to introduce cadets to the technical areas of naval science and the role of the U. S. Navy in maritime history and the vital importance of the world’s oceans to the continued well-being of the United States.

COURSE CONTENT:  Includes ongoing instruction into Leadership; introduction to Maritime History, including the American Revolution, Civil War, the rise of the U. S. to world power status, World Wars 1 and 2, the Cold War Era and the 1990s and Beyond; introduction to Nautical Sciences to include Maritime Geography, Oceanography, Meteorology, Astronomy, and Physical Sciences.


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, and the importance of sea power and national security.  Students gain a more in-depth knowledge of Naval ships and aircraft and an introduction to marine navigation and seamanship.

COURSE CONTENT:  Includes instruction in Sea Power and National Security, Naval Operations and Support Functions, Military Law, and International Law and the Sea.  Provides introduction to Ship Construction and Damage Control, Shipboard Organization and Watch Standing, Basic Seamanship, Marine Navigation, and Naval Weapons and Aircraft.  Ongoing instruction in leadership, citizenship and discipline.


PURPOSE:  Focused primarily on practical leadership techniques and implementation.  The intent is to assist seniors 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 throughout the year.  Classroom activities include seminars, reading assignments, classroom presentations, and practical work with younger cadets.  Seniors are mentored/guided in their preparation for life after high school to include college preparation, scholarship applications, and the variety of choices that are available to them.

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.  Students are provided access to ACT/SAT prep courses, guidance in selecting a college and pursuing available scholarships, and mentoring in establishing long range life goals.

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