Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you recruiting for the military?

No. The focus of our program is to instill leadership skills, self-discipline and self-confidence will continue to help meet life’s challenges. The NJROTC curriculum includes twenty four different subject areas from Naval orientation and seamanship to astronomy and oceanography, history from early western civilization to the 1990’s and beyond. Throughout, strong emphasis is placed on leadership, personal honor, self-reliance and self-discipline.

What is NJROTC?

The Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps began in 1966. Today there are more than 425 programs throughout the United States, District of Columbia, Guam, Japan and Italy. NJROTC is a program directed to teach high school students, self-discipline and confidence in themselves. NJROTC helps students realize their full potential by pushing them to do what they thought was impossible. This is why NJROTC is such an important program for developing young minds.

Are there any mandatory events required outside of the school day for all JROTC cadets?

Yes there are. Most events for cadets who are not on special teams take place within the school day. In addition there are competitions held on Saturday’s that cadets must attend.  Advance notice will be given.  Parents must certify at the beginning of the year that they agree to this.   Also, there is an awards and change of command ceremony held in early May. Although no grade is given, cadets are expected to attend.

Will I have to cut my hair?

Most likely. See the Uniform Regulations for more information on appearance and grooming.

Will I have to wear a uniform?

Yes, it is a requirement for all cadets to wear issued uniforms.

Does it cost anything to join NJROTC?

No, all uniforms and equipment are provided. You may have to get the uniform pants hemmed and occasionally you may need to have your uniform dry-cleaned.

Will I have to stay after school?

Maybe. Depending on which unit activities you decide to participate in, you may have after school practices, summer practices and even competitions on the weekend.

Can anyone join?

Yes, our program is open to anyone. There are no physical prerequisites for our cadets.